That’s how many orphans there are in India. To put that into a bit of perspective, the population of Canada in 2011 was just under 35 million.
It’s easy to hear that number, think “Oh my, that’s terrible,” and go on with our day. Mother India puts faces and stories to that number.
This 47 minute long documentary, which was released by Word Films, was filmed in Tenali, India over the course of two weeks. You will be introduced to 25 orphans who formed their own family on the streets on India. They beg at the train station, sharing their food, watching over each other, day after day.
I recently reviewed another movie that was released by Word Films called Break Away, which was a very family friendly movie. I was expecting this to be family friendly as well but it’s not really suitable for very young children. There is no bad language or misuse of the Lord’s name, but there are scenes that talk about drug use and prostitution. There is one scene in which you see kids injecting each other with drugs. It might be suitable for older children if these topics are discussed with them ahead of time.
Mother India is eye opening. I had no idea that there were so many orphans in India. It’s heartbreaking to see these kids sleeping on the ground, begging. Their stories of abandonment and abuse are equally heartbreaking.
I think this film would make a good addition to a homeschool library for older children. I think all children should be made aware of how blessed we are and that there are people in the world, even children, who are really in need.
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