Mother India review (and a chance to win a free DVD copy)

Posted: April 24, 2013 in Film Review
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During an initial trip to India in December of 2004, David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha discovered the plight of unaccompanied children living in urban slums and remote villages and decided to do something about it. Since that day, they’ve continued to invest their time and financial resources to give these children a future beyond life on the streets. With the release of the documentary DVD “Mother India,” their deepest desire is that many people will experience life through the eyes of these orphans and be inspired to take compassionate action on behalf of these youngsters. UNICEF’s current estimate is 31 million orphans living in India, many of these alone on the streets.

“Mother India” is a well-written 45-minute documentary, narrated by Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James, capturing the life and stories of 25 abandoned and orphaned children living along the railway in southern India. Filmed over the course of two weeks in early 2012, “Mother India” gives a glimpse into the life of these unaccompanied children as they seek to survive on a daily basis. The film follows filmmakers David and Shawn as they develop relationships with the entire group, and their in-depth interviews with seven of the kids provide insight into the magnitude of their individual pain and struggle.

Although about children, “Mother India” is not a film for young viewers. Some of the topics dealt with in detail are drug abuse, sexual abuse, violence, and disease. Frank talk from the children about their prostitution and torture, actual footage of drugs being abused, and seeing the actual wounds from all these abuses makes “Mother India” not the easiest film to watch, but this grittiness makes for powerful filmmaking.

As a special event, if you would like to win a free copy of “Mother India,” become a follower of this blog (daleward1.wordpress.com) and on May 3 I will randomly pick a winner from all of the current followers at that time. I will post the name of the winner on this blog. So become a follower for your chance to win a free DVD copy of “Mother India.”

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