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Review: MotherIndia – Life Though the Eyes of the Orphan

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Mother IndiaMotherIndia Movie Synopsis:

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, MotherIndia 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, MotherIndia seeks to understand life through the eyes of the orphan…

Movie Details:

  • Actors: Rebecca St. James
  • Directors: Word Films
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Word Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 23, 2013
  • Run Time: 47 minutes

Our Thoughts:

MotherIndia: Life Through the Eyes of the Orphan was an interesting documentary about 25 orphaned Indian children who live near the railway. India has over 31 million orphans, so this film is just a brief glimpse into the lives of a handful of the orphans. Some of these kids – living in a family-type group – have no parents while others come from abusive families. Many of these children have HIV/Aids. While spending time with these children, David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha feel lead to try to help two of the younger kids in the group, so they call on Harvest India for some help. They have some hurdles (including getting permission from the older kids in the group) to jump through to allow it to happen.

It was sad to see how these kids were living, but it was even harder seeing the drugs abuse, huffing, and physical abuse they dealt with on a regular basis. I was surprised that they actually showed the exact products and how the kids went about huffing. They also showed the kids shooting up “something” as the kids didn’t even now what was in the syringes.

MotherIndia is not a light movie due to the topics covered, but it’s done well and brings to the forefront the needs of the many orphans in India. It closes with how you can help combat the problems these kids face. If you have younger kids, you may want to preview the movie due to the content.

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