Daughters of Destiny

TV review by Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media
Daughters of Destiny Poster Image

Common Sense says

age 12+

Gripping documentary follows five girls moving up in India.

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

No reviews yet.

Add your rating

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

A Lot or a Little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Stands out for and .

Community Reviews

age 10+

This one will follow you through the day

You won't be getting an in depth look at a caste system, but enough to get you started with having conversations with your children about how they can be the change in the world. It spans a few years of filming so you get to see the girls grow and the identity issues they deal with. Really inspirational. Meaningful and touching. This documentary will stay with me for a very long time. I only wish the boys in the documentary got acknowledged. It was as if they were invisible for the most part.

This title has:

Great role models
age 10+

A must see!

An amazing series about an amazing project. "Daughters of Destiny" covers so many aspects of poverty and education that I could talk about it for months with my children. The documentary clearly shows the effects of the caste system on the untouchables and what kind of superhuman effort it takes to generate change for the better. Every aspect of the school is thought through: the need to remove the children at a young age from their traumatic environment while teaching them respect and compassion for their families and community; to raise children with self-esteem and an enormous drive to achieve but also a sense of responsibility, gratefulness and humility; to educate children about different career paths and their opportunities while keeping in touch with their communities and culture. Shanti Bhavan seems to be raising the ideal future leaders. It is a school I would love to send my children to (without seeing them only twice a year though...). I found the individual stories deeply moving and will be thinking about this series for a long time to come.

This title has:

Great messages
Great role models

TV Details

Our Editors Recommend

  • Hoop Dreams Poster Image

    Hoop Dreams

    Stunning documentary addresses race and class issues.

    age 13+
  • He Named Me Malala Poster Image

    He Named Me Malala

    Inspiring, deeply affecting docu explores teen icon's life.

    age 12+
  • Girl Rising Poster Image

    Girl Rising

    Powerful docu explains why all girls need an education.

    age 12+

For kids who love documentaries

Character Strengths

Find more tv shows that help kids build character.

  • Young girl playing
    Courage
    See all
  • Child cross country skiing
    Perseverance
    See all

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

  • Cartoon picture of a girl
    Great Girl Role Models
    See all

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate