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The Starfish Throwers (2014)

Not Rated | | Documentary, Drama | 27 March 2014 (USA)
Powerful, direct and heartrending, The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world's most fiercely compassionate individuals struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and... See full summary »


Jesse Roesler
6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narayanan Krishnan Narayanan Krishnan ... Himself, Akshaya Trust
Allan Law Allan Law ... Himself, Minneapolis Recreation Development
Katie Stagliano Katie Stagliano ... Herself, Katie's Krops
Lakshmi Lakshmi ... Herself, Narayanan Krishnan's mother
Shweta Shweta ... Herself, Narayanan Krishnan's sister
Dennis Massie Dennis Massie ... Himself, Allan Law's former pupil
Steve Aase Steve Aase ... Himself, Minneapolis Recreation Development
Kevin Carroll Kevin Carroll ... Himself, security guard, Salvation Army Minneapolis
Stacy Staglian Stacy Staglian ... Herself, Katie Stagliano's mother
John Stagliano ... Himself, Katie Stagliano's father
Natalie Morales ... Herself - broadcast news reporter, NBC (archive footage)
Harini Rajamani Harini Rajamani ... Herself, Narayanan Krishnan's wife
Andrews Pakkianathan Andrews Pakkianathan ... Himself, Akshaya Trust
Kiefer Sutherland ... Himself, host, CNN Heroes (archive footage)
Lisa Turocy Lisa Turocy ... Herself, Katie's Krops


Powerful, direct and heartrending, The Starfish Throwers explores how three of the world's most fiercely compassionate individuals struggle to restore hope to the hopeless in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. Continents apart, a sixth grader, a top chef and retired school teacher fight what seems an unwinnable war until they discover their impact may reach further than their action. Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Drama


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27 March 2014 (USA) See more »

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Hyväntekijät See more »

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Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India See more »

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"The Starfish Throwers" - a life-changing documentary
19 March 2014 | by ejn-952-314013See all my reviews

I have just had the honor of attending the world premiere of The Starfish Throwers (2013)directed by Jesse Roesler at the 16th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival in Greece. This film captured my heart as did the title of the film the minute I read through the Festival program. Not fully understanding the true meaning behind "The Starfish Throwers" title, I was soon powerfully immersed in a world which is so close to home but unfortunately ignored by the majority of us. A world where it takes only one kind act of selflessness to start a global movement. The three stories we become part of (and I honestly felt a part of each one!) are wonderfully portrayed in an extremely humble way. No histrionics in this one! The viewer "feels" the plight of the unfortunate but also "lives" the quiet determination and total lack of self-admiration found in the three main heroes (and they are heroes!). Each story is told with such sensitivity, reaching out to a world where each one of us can help if we only put our minds to it. My congratulations to the entire team! I will try with all my heart to 'throw a starfish' and help pass on this life-changing idea.

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