Can you imagine your child…
Mother India, a new documentary narrated by Rebecca St. James, captures the lives of 25 abandoned and orphaned children living on the streets in India.
Did you know that there are over 31 million orphans in India?
I had no idea there were that many. Many of them became orphans after their parents died of AIDS, or the children ran away from home because they were beaten and abused unmercifully by parents or stepparents.
I wasn't sure what I would be viewing when I agreed to watch and review this film for you. I knew it was a documentary, but I didn't know how graphic it would be, or how interesting I'd find it.
I didn't need to wonder.
Immediately, I was submerged into the daily struggle for life that a group of orphans endures. 25 courageous orphans living together as a family along the railway in Tenali, India. No one caring about them. No one guiding them or helping them.
Two American men wanted to journal the life of a group of orphans, so they become a part of this group for several weeks. They slept on dirt or concrete floors, covering themselves with filthy rags used as blankets. They ate with this group, interviewed them and those around them. It was actually quite fascinating.
The horrors of what these children face every day just made me so sad.
I'm thankful that these two gentlemen took it upon themselves to let us know what orphans' needs are in India. It is such a challenge to rescue the orphans from a lifestyle of begging, addiction, and sexual abuse.
Is this film appropriate for children? Yes - older children, that is. Parents should be aware that the film shows the raw reality of living as an abandoned and orphaned child on the streets of India. Interviews include topics of drug abuse, sexuality, violence, and HIV/AIDS. Drug use is explicitly shown.
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.”
Learn more about Mother India at www.motherindiafilm.com!
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