Where there is life, there is death. At the crematory by the Bagmati River in the holy pilgrimage site of Pashupatinath in Katmandu, the capital of Nepal, there are people whose livelihoods depend on the ritual of death. At the crematory, children live off the food and money used in funeral ceremonies drifting in the river. The children, who are around 10 years old, are more than willing to jump into the river to make a mere 10 rupees. The Bagmati riverside is a holy ground and a crematory for Hindus, but to children the place is a playground, a home, and their working place. Some children who cannot stand living in poverty in the crematory go out to the city and beg drivers in the middle of the road to make more money. The children may make more money panhandling In the city, but they are exposed to the danger of getting hit by cars and are likely to turn to cigarettes and glue-sniffing. The government and grown-ups do not look after these children who beg in the riverside crematory and the city. Religious rituals are performed for the dead, but not for the living children with innocent eyes. Nobody respects the rights of the children in this place. Children of God takes an in-depth look at the children of Nepal who struggle just to stay alive. Their innocent eyes, and the cheerful yet sorrowful songs, make the audience think of God´s benediction and God´s abandon at the same time. The uneasy faces of those who are on the verge of death and the religious ritual for the dead reflect the irony of the Bagmati riverside, where life and death coexist.
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