Mother India Review

I have a heart for adoption and caring for children seemingly left behind.  This wasn’t always the case, I would turn my head the other way when I heard the numbers – they are staggering and it can be very overwhelming to think you can actually make a difference…..

In the U.S. 400,540 children are living without permanent families in the foster care system.  115,000 of these children are eligible for adoption, but nearly 40% of these children will wait over three years in foster care before being adopted.  SOURCE

Around the world, there are an estimated 153 million orphans who have lost one parent.  There are 17,800,000 million orphans who have lost both parents and are living in orphanages or on the streets and lack the care and attention required for healthy development.  These children are at risk for disease, malnutrition, and death.  SOURCE

See what I mean…..staggering.


I was approached to review a new documentary film from Word Films narrated by Rebecca St. James that captures the lives of 25 abandoned and orphaned children living on the streets of India.  I wasn’t sure what to expect, but you see, I have an especially soft spot for India, so I had to say yes!  Orphans – India, of course!

I’ve been to India twice; the first time when I was a Senior in high school when I traveled as a Girl Scout Representative to the Sangam World Center in Pune, India.  It was an incredible experience, seeing the ‘real’ world outside my comfortable suburban life as a teen.  I went back a few years later with the YMCA to Hyderabad for a youth government conference.  I fell in love with the country, the beauty beneath what perhaps the average visitor could see, the children begging, the smell, the overwhelming crowds; I saw beyond that.  I am so fortunate, I’ve stood in front of the amazing Taj Mahal twice – two different times, how many can actually say that?  I’ve always wanted to return.

Watch the trailer for the movie:

With over 31 million orphans in India, David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha showed up hoping to find kids who would be willing to trust them enough to show them life through their eyes. Filmed over the course of two weeks in early 2012, Mother India gives a glimpse into the life of unaccompanied children as they seek to survive on a daily basis. While the film follows David and Shawn as they develop relationships with the entire group, in-depth interviews with seven of the kids provide insight into the magnitude of their individual pain and struggle. While other documentaries may focus on broad statistics, Mother India seeks to understand life through the eyes of the orphan…

I found the film to be very honest and real – sharing what often times we would like to just brush over in order to help make ourselves feel better.  We never really want to see what goes on, but the film makers did a good job of showing the real, without creating a film that could not be viewed by the entire family due to graphic nature.

It is ugly, the real truth behind how children are living on the streets – but in this story there was a happy ending – although not in the intended scope of the original film, the production team was able to make a life changing difference in the lives of the two youngest orphans they  met.  You will want to see it!

Winner of “Best Short Documentary” at the 2012 San Diego Christian Film Festival

The film was made for a purpose, to show the real side of what others face.  At the end there is an opportunity for you to help change the lives of other orphans living on the street in India.  You CAN make a difference.

“Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.”  Andy Stanley

I am pleased to share that Word Films has offered to give one of my readers their own copy!  The giveaway will end midnight (Pacific) on May 15th.  Just leave a comment with your thoughts after viewing the movie trailer.  You can also LIKE Word Films on Facebook to keep up to date on future projects or MotherIndiaFilm.  Find more information on Mother India.  Giveaway CLOSED – Congratulations Lynn!!!

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