This week, I was blessed to be able to watch Mother India, a brief documentary that follows twenty-five orphans living along the railway in southern India. The film is directed by Noah Lamberth and David Trotter, and narrated by Grammy Award winner Rebecca St. James.
Concerned about the thirty-one million orphans in India, Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha head to India in search of some orphans who would trust them enough to show them what life was like through their eyes. What they find is a veritable family of orphans who live, play, and survive together.
Trotter and Scheinoha do not simply report about the children, however. They actually seek to help them. A previous connection with a man named Suresh Kumar of Harvest India proves helpful. Harvest India is a Christ-centered mission and orphanage whose mission is to “carry Christ’s compassion to every village in India.” Convinced of the orphans’ need, Suresh and Harvest India opened their arms to help these children and bring them a sense of worth, value, and dignity.
The film is powerfully moving and, if it does its job, will make you uncomfortable. That is a good thing. We, particularly in the West, need to be confronted with the poverty, need, and injustices around the world. Yet, this is more than a “movie,” and the point is not to make Westerners feel guilty, as so many documentaries about orphans may do. The film is simply a catalyst for a movement that’s on the verge of rescuing thirty-one million children from being abandoned and forsaken. The filmmakers challenge you to get involved and, they opportunity for action, particularly with child sponsorship (similar to Compassion or WorldVision).