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28 November 1986 (USA) See more »
We follow the daily activities of Mother Teresa and her nuns, in service to the poor of India and the world... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Attenborough ... Narrator (voice)
Mother Teresa ... Herself (also archive footage)

Mohandas K. Gandhi ... Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Ann Petrie 
Jeanette Petrie 
Produced by
Lindsay Fontana .... associate producer
Ann Petrie .... producer
Jeanette Petrie .... producer
Original Music by
Suzanne Ciani 
Cinematography by
Edward Lachman 
Sandi Sissel 
Film Editing by
Christopher Graves (video)
Thomas Haneke 
Sound Department
Barbara Becker .... sound
Editorial Department
Saverio Camporeale .... assistant editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (uncredited)
Music Department
Franz Pusch .... music mixer
Other crew
Richard Attenborough .... consultant
Philip Kravitz .... consultant
Scott Morris .... consultant
William Petrie .... consultant
Richard Attenborough .... very special thanks (as Sir Richard Attenborough)

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Canada:81 min
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Have decided to do nothing but to love poor people, 22 February 2008
Author: Furuya Shiro from Kumamoto, Japan

This documentary film chases the daily activity of the 'Missionaries for Charity', which she started in Calcutta, India. A debilitated man who is on a dirty road of Calcutta is picked up to a stretcher, and is carried by an ambulance to the house of the 'Missionaries for Charity'. There are many simple beds, and sisters in white sari are taking care of the people. Then the old Mother Teresa, with a slight stoop appears. She busily gives orders to the sisters, and she herself changes the diaper of a debilitated boy and wipes his ass.

She boards an international flight in the same attire to found their operations over the world. In the same attire she appears at the award ceremony of the Nobel Prize; meets world leaders; and makes humorous speeches at an American university.

So, how good is the film as a film? This film chases Mother a place after a place. What makes it different from other documentaries? One thing is that from the fact the best scenes are well chosen, I can say they chased Mother so long. But more important is the freshness and strength of the message embedded in the activities themselves of the Mother and her coworkers.

When they opened a new activity in the US, the sponsor of the premises had carpeted the floors. But the Mother and her coworkers removed all of them, saying it is luxury. The carpet will not be an obstacle to take care of people. But, the narration says 'we have decided to do this way'. They simply say they have decided to nothing but to love poor people. I am sure I could receive the message.

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