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 ...
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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
Powerful message that a single person can change the world
After the media represented in Kathmandu, Nepal, the children of convicted citizens are sent to prison with their parents until they are old enough to make it on their own or until their parents are released. Pushpa "Mamu" Basnet noticed this as she was earning a degree in social work, and decided to do something to change it: She started the Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC) in 2005 and has been working on getting these children out of prison, taking care of them and educating them ever since. The documentary follows Basnet and the children of the ECDC through their hardships and their joys, celebrating Basnet's progress even as she herself stays focused on how very far there is to go before the ECDC can afford to help all of the children still waiting in the prison. Waiting for Mamu captures the beauty of kindness, empathy and selflessness. Through interviews with the parents—most of whom are still in prison—and the children themselves, directors Morgan, Caillaud and Chen are able to portray Basnet as the true heroine she is, and provide the honest, powerful message that a single person can change the world. If everyone could follow Basnet's beliefs of passing the thanks ("Today we give it to them, tomorrow they give it to someone else"), then this world would need a great deal more documentaries.
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