‘Khate – Waste(d) Children’ – Short Film

• June 29, 2015 • Comments (0)

“From Street Life to Street Drama”


The documentary highlights the gravity and harsh conditions of children who end up living and working on the streets of Kathmandu, due to their families’ social and economic circumstances, forced child labour, drugs use, alcoholism and abusive parents.

“Khate” is the offensive and derogatory word used to refer to rag picking children by the people, including police officers, who abuse them daily, as shared by some of them who were interviewed during the making of this film.

The documentary main focus is however on the work of Kathmandu based NGO SathSath to empower them to realise their potential as valuable members of society. One of their main tools is the ‘Street Drama’, a way for the children to learn new skills, experience their creativity and increase their self-esteem, while raising awareness of child rights issues to schools and communities.

In this film former street kids Sarog (17 years old), Manish (16 years old) and Sunil (14 years old) share their experience of life on the street in form of drama. All of them are now proud to work as SathSath staff to show other children the way out the street.


Produced & Directed by:
Gennaro Ambrosino

Filmed & Edited by:
Gennaro Ambrosino

Co-edited by:
Leon Stuparich

Music by:
Ed Neumeister

Commented by:
Will Gethin

Translations by:
Aavash Jung

Thanks to everyone at SathSath
who made this possible:
Biso Bajracharya
Kabita Shah
Suchita Shah
Saroj Gole
Manish Raj Dhamala
Sunil Dhamala

To learn more please visit:

© 2015 – Gennaro Ambrosino – Life Arts Media

To make a donation to Sath Sath or to buy a handicraft to support the SEEP (self-empowerment and employment program) please go to this link: tinyurl.com/pgyxuhr



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