This was such an eye opening movie that it really left me a bit in a state of shock. Motherindia is an in depth look into the lives of orphans on the streets of ignorance. It’s one of those movies that reminds me of my ignorance about the way other people have to live and invigorates my gratitude for my children and what I am able to give them.
When David Trotter and Shawn Scheinoha travel to India, they want to follow the lives of orphans and see how they really live. Living near a railroad, they truly live in poverty on the streets. Many are disfigured and most have bad habits like chewing tobacco just for the small high and break from reality that it gives them.
These kids sleep together on the street and about twenty five of them have made their own family by choice. They are survivors and have found creative ways to do things we take for granted like the simple act of brushing their teeth.
The movie alternates between the narration of Rebecca St. James and interviews with David, Shawn and the orphans. Subtitles are required for the orphans but this is the part I found most intriguing to hear things from their point of view.
The way that these kids have been treated is horrific. As many as 2/3rds have been abused. The police and railway attendants that are supposed to protect people actually abuse them.
This movie will really open up your eyes to the world that we live in and how much we take for granted. Motherindia is an amazing journey into the lives of these admirable orphans.
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