The Ultimate Guide to Christmas Specials

Christmas TV specials, limited series and movies are bigger than ever these days from now until the New Year, you’ll be able to find some festive yule-tide programming every night of the week. From the traditional viewing of It’s a Wonderful Life, the different versions of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, to baking shows and live music specials, we’ve got them all listed on the new Christmas TV Specials page. (Since not all of the networks list their specials early, this list will be updated throughout the coming weeks, so check back often for new additions!)

Award-Winning Documentary, 'Mother India' will Challenge You

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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 Tenali, India 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 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 India. While this is a faith-based project, the doesn’t preach to the choir. In fact, it isn’t preachy at all. It speaks to everyone who has a heart and provides a solution on how others can help reverse the damage that has been done. This film will inspire you and has the potential to change the world for many of these kids.

"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.

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