Monday, April 22, 2013

{Review} Mother India

Photo: Narrated by Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James, MOTHER INDIA is a compelling documentary capturing the life and stories of 25 abandoned and orphaned children living along the railway in southern India. Make sure you look for the DVD coming April 23

Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan is a new DVD that is releasing on April 23, 2013. It was the winner of the "Best Short Documentary" at the 2012 San Diego Film Festival. This movie follows a small production team as they arrive in India to share the struggles that the 31 million orphans have living in that country.

To say this film was eye opening might just be an understatement. 

The life that these children face is beyond hard. The filmmakers, David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha  wanted to see what life was life for children who were abandoned and living on the street. Just yards from the hotel they were staying at, they found a group of 25 children who had banded together in order to survive  their life. They were living just outside a train station and begged from the travelers coming and going in order to get enough food to survive. They slept outside and many covered themselves completely with dirty blankets in order to keep mosquitoes from biting them as they slept.

Mother India also shared the hope that was found for two of the youngest orphans found on the street. They were only three and seven years old. The two filmmakers had worked previously with a program in India called Harvest India. One of the missions that Harvest India helps with orphan care. They help children become productive members of Indian society by feeding, educating, and safely housing them. Thankfully Harvest India was able to help these two young orphans, but it wasn't as easy as one would think.

The stories of the orphans are heartbreaking. It delves in to why many of them were abandoned and many of the things they do to survive on the streets. I would recommend this film for older teens upwards due to the content. 

Mother India has asked for help for orphans in three ways:
  1. Sponsor an orphaned child for $35 a month
  2. Spread the word online (they make it super simple to do this - just a click)
  3. Serve with organizations helping orphans in India
And I will add a fourth....pray. Pray for these children. Pray for those who are able to sponsor them. Pray for those who help in the various organizations. Pray for the least of them.

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