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As it is so easy to forget the needs of those we do not see on a regular basis, I like to keep abreast of needs beyond my local community. When the opportunity to review Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan arose, I decided it would help my own desire to be informed and hopefully open the eyes of some family members at the same time.
About Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan
The Documentary Narrated by Rebecca St. James Captures the Lives of 25 Abandoned and Orphaned Children Living on the Streets in India
Winner of “Best Short Documentary” at the 2012 San Diego Christian Film Festival, Mother India is a compelling documentary that chronicles the adventure of 25 courageous orphans living as a family along the railway in Tenali, India. Mother India brings to light the struggles faced daily by over 31 million orphans in India and the challenge of rescuing them from a life of begging and addiction.
Mother India, is the work of first-time filmmakers David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha. “India is growing in both population and industry, but few people know that there are over 31 million orphans in this nation,” commented Trotter (Executive Producer, Director). “Each of these young lives is much more than a statistic. Every one of them has a name, a face and a story.” Scheinoha (Executive Producer) added, “We’re not out to just tell a tragic story. We’re focused on raising awareness and changing lives.”
Mother India Website
My Thoughts on Mother India: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan
To say that this is a moving documentary that will bring tears to your eyes at times just might be an understatement. This short film had me wanting to laugh at times and cry at others. It is so easy to be comfortable in our lives and not truly recognize the harsh conditions that others have in their daily lives. Seeing these orphans trying to survive life on the streets by banding together and begging on the trains is heart wrenching.
However, the film also shows that there is hope because of organizations such as Harvest India. Sadly, they can only help a small subset of the at risk youth in India. Which is exactly why these filmmakers chose to bring this project to fruition ~ so others can see the needs and possibly respond to the call for assistance.
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One blog reader will win their own copy of the moving documentary to view in their own home (or even share with friends and family.) Entries are accepted through the Giveaway Tools form below through June 4, 2012.