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Tomorrow, the rest of the world will be able to experience what I did by watching the new documentary, “Mother India: Life through theEyes of the Orphan,” winner of “Best Short Documentary” at the 2012 San Diego Christian Film Festival. At just 47 minutes, it isn’t a hard film to get through, but it is hard to watch at times. The project is a labor of love from the filmmakers, David Trotter, Shawn Scheinoha and Noah Lamberth. Together, they traveled to
in hopes of finding orphan children along the railway. Without a firm plan in
place, they immediately found 25 abandoned children living together as a family
with no real home. They are just a fraction of the 31 million orphans living in
Tenali, India India despite
the fact that India
has been growing in wealth.
Trotter, (who is a writer, speaker and new filmmaker) Scheinoha (an entrepreneur in communications) and Lamberth (a cinematographer) wanted to tell the story of these orphans from their point of view. Narrated by Grammy Award-winning Christian singer, Rebecca St. James (who proves that she just might have found a new career to fall back on should she need it), viewers will see where these children live, what they eat, where they sleep and how they manage to keep smiles on their faces while they try to survive. Some of their stories are difficult to listen to. Some are missing limbs, some come from homes where they were beaten, and many struggle with “bad habits” like smoking, huffing “white out” and injecting unknown drugs into their bodies to make the pain go away. Some have HIV.
As depressing as that is, the story has a happy ending. The filmmakers couldn’t just leave Tenali without doing something. By the end, you’ll see lives changed for the better through the native ministry, Harvest
"Mother India" is distributed by Word Films. Copies of “Mother India” can be purchased at Amazon and you can view the trailer for the film below.