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Waiting for Mamu (2013)

In some parts of the world, children whose parents are sent to prison and who lack other guardians are locked away along with their parents. This eye-opening documentary tells the story of ... See full summary »
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In some parts of the world, children whose parents are sent to prison and who lack other guardians are locked away along with their parents. This eye-opening documentary tells the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and what hope exists for a better life. "Waiting for Mamu" follows internationally-lauded social worker and 2012 CNN Hero of the Year award-winner Pushpa Basnet, founder of a development center for children who would otherwise grow up behind bars in her native Nepal. Written by Thomas Morgan

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Not a dry eye in the house
28 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

An impactful story told in a beautiful and captivating way. This is a real, raw story that makes my heart hurt, and yet I left filled with hope and awe for the future. Visually, the images and camera perspectives are almost photographic in their color, drama and lighting. I'm a fan of short films, and this is a great example of one in that the content takes you in deep enough to explore the story but doesn't over complicate it (or politicize it.) The focus on the children themselves--versus only a focus on Pushpa herself--works very well here. There are so many important issues in the world that need to be shared; we need documentary films like this as a form of continuing education to being a compassionate human.


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