Rooting For Roona

Rooting For Roona is a touching documentary that reminds the social system of its duty to the world’s future.

While Netflix is great at bringing us documentaries ranging from true crime to history, it is rare to release one on healthcare from the streaming service (or the other services in that regard).

There is no shortage of healthcare problems on the planet and there are still many unknown diseases for those of us who have not studied medicine that we have never heard of or seen. Netflix is, however, introducing a new health care documentary all the way from India this October about a girl who was brutally nicknamed the “giant head” by the media. Roona Begum was an Indian baby born with hydrocephalus, a fatal problem that makes the brain to block cerebrospinal fluid, causing it to swell. In 2017, before she could get her corrective surgery, she died at the age of 5. The topic of ‘Rooting for Roona’ is Roona ‘s story. In order to learn more details about the documentary, read on.

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Release date 

On Thursday, October 15, at 12 am PST, ‘Rooting for Roona’ will be released on Netflix

The plotline of the film

For the movie, the official synopsis states:

‘Rooting For Roona’ is a documentary film focusing on Roona Begum, a baby girl born into a poor Bengali family and struggling to survive. The incredible tale of baby Roona, a one-and-a-half-year-old girl born in a small village in the state of Tripura, India, is captured by ‘Rooting For Roona.’ She suffers from hydrocephalus, a birth defect caused by fluid build-up in the brain, resulting in massive head swelling. Abdul and Fatema, Roona ‘s parents, are poor daily salary earners. The story describes how the parents of the villagers and relatives of Roona view the girl as a pariah and advise them to give the girl to an orphanage.

But Roona ‘s parents are struggling to do what is best for her. In their state, they are turned away by doctors, as Roona ‘s condition is difficult to treat. Fortunately, the story of Roona is highlighted in the media after a private hospital in Delhi, a Norwegian NGO that helped raise money for her treatment, and Tripura’s royal family get together to provide Roona with the care she needs.  Roona is slowly heading towards recovery after multiple surgeries. ‘Rooting For Roona’ is a touching documentary that reminds society of its responsibility to the world’s future — its children, and particularly the world’s underprivileged children.