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Independent Lens Episode: "Lakshmi and Me"

Season 10, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: In "Lakshmi and Me," Mumbai filmmaker Nishtha Jain explores the role that caste and class play in India via her relationship with her maid, an uneducated 21-year-old woman who works seven days a week cleaning Jain's and other people's luxurious homes. The documentary details the difficulties Lakshmi endures, including sharing an overcrowded shanty with her family and developing tuberculosis, before deciding to join with fellow maids to demand better working conditions, benefits and pensions.
Original Air Date: Mar 24, 2009

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Premiered: August 09, 1999, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: Independent filmmakers are spotlighted in this anthology, which concentrates on documentaries, but occasionally features artist profiles and offbeat fictional films.

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