Archive for DVDs

Documentaries I recommend (though not all great for children viewing)

DVD Documentaries

Half the SkyLong, but really great at showing issues. It focuses on bringing in celebrities (knowing they have a strong voice) to these horrible issues facing women. Interesting to see how it affects them all differently, but it is the stories of the suffering (and often so strong) women that are amazing and horrifying and empowering (all of it).

Living on One Dollar – Four young men try to live on a dollar a day to better understand the global poor

Isaiah 58New DVD available through showing poverty and justice issues globally. Only mild things above young eye’s understanding. I was comfortable allowing my young children to see it and explaining some of the hard stuff in explainable, less-scary ways.

Walk to BeautifulStruggle of many women in Ethiopia.

Born into BrothelsStories of children born to prostitutes in India.

Beyond the Gates of SplendorDocumentary after “End of the Spear” movie of Jim Elliot and his fellow missionaries that lost their lives in order to give the gospel as well as the people who continued to minister to these tribal people of Ecuador. Powerful.

Mary and MarthaTwo women meet up who have lost their sons to Maleria while in Africa.  It sparks a transformational journey for them and those they want to help.

China’s Lost GirlsStories of orphan girls in China.

We Are TogetherStory of South Africa’s Agape Choir, beautiful film, pretty accessible to youth.

Beyond BeliefAbout two women who gave birth to two children after losing spouses to 9/11. They turned their grief into a way to actually minister to Afghanistan widows. It isn’t necessarily a Christian documentary, but convicting and inspiring nonetheless.

Angels in the DustAn orphanage started in South Africa for 500+ kids in response to AIDS crisis—gives lots of individual stories of kids—what they have been through.

Girl Rising—Inspiring and educational documentary on the challenges facing girls internationally.

Stuck—Documentary about International Adoption

Stolen Childhoods—Many different types of child slavery portrayed.

War DanceKids who suffered at the hands of the LRA in Uganda use dance as a source of healing and expression.

Emmanuel’s GiftInspiring true story of disabled orphan in Ghana, not giving up and changing lives around him.

Small VoicesDocumenting struggles of garbage dump children in Cambodia.

Lost Boys of Sudan and God Grew Tired of UsStories of boys who were in refugee camps most their lives and then brought to America.

Call and ResponseSlavery today.

Flesh and BloodWomen who take in medically complex foster kids.

Invisible ChildrenBoy soldiers.

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DVDs with Missions/Global Themes

DVD Movies

Trade of InnocentsThe most approachable (for the widest audience) movie on sex trafficking I’ve ever seen. Still hard to watch, but redemptive and shows both international and domestic issues.

The Good LIe – Reece WItherspoon in a movie about the Lost Boys of Sudan

Blood DiamondsRevealing the very real, disgusting cost of most commercialized diamonds: child soldiers, exploitation, and war.

HollyStory of one girl in Cambodia stuck in sex trafficking.

Children of HeavenAppropriate for younger viewers, though if I recall it has subtitles. Two poor children trying to get a new pair of shoes in the Middle East. Really sweet film.

The TradeSex trafficking: though hard to see, doesn’t show too much and is somewhat redemptive.

Kite RunnerBased off a best-seller. Really important to see life in the Middle East, but some difficult scenes.

End of the SpearBased on the famous story of Jim Elliott and his fellow missionaries, passion, and death while serving a tribe in Ecuador.

Pursuit of HappynessBeautiful movie of man who is trying to make a better life for himself and his son. They are briefly homeless while he is trying to get a job as a stockbroker. True story.

Searching for Antwone FisherMan dealing with his past abuse and loss as a foster child. There is a level of beautiful redemption in this movie.

Tears of the SunRescue operation of some missionaries and the effect of seeing the struggles of people in a war-torn country. Really an excellent film of people moving from seeing Africans as others to people they care about.

CrashHard to watch, but shows that there are prejudices everywhere. Also shows a lot of different poverty, race, and trafficking issues in America.

Temple GrandinAbout a woman with autism. Very insightful and beautiful.

RadioCaring and standing up for a mentally disabled boy who wants to help on a football team. Some powerful scenes.

The Killing FieldsAbout the genocide in Cambodia. Horrifically hard to watch, but true and so important to know the background of Cambodia.

Slumdog MillionaireA boy’s winning streak on a TV show is tracked through his hard life’s events in India.

Constant GardenerA mystery/action movie that uncovers a dirty secret of a company in Kenya.

Faith Like PotatoesTrue story of a South African farmer. Beautiful.

Maria Full of GraceWoman caught in Colombia drug war. Not easy viewing.

Reign Over MeAftermath of a man’s life after losing his kids and wife to the 9/11 tragedy.

AmistadShows some of the horrors of the American slave trade during a mutiny on a slave ship in 1800s. Graphic.

Amazing GraceAmazing story of William Wilberforce, among other abolitionists, working to end the slave trade in 1800s.

The VisitorOne man is changed by his interactions with some illegal immigrants.

Beyond the GatesCatholic school is used as a place of refuge for Rwandan Tutsis during the genocide. Some faith questions. It shows the genocide and death while showing minimal actual killings. Well done movie, but tragic.

Under the Same MoonLittle boy tries to sneak to America to get to his mother, only barely shows all the horrors that could have happened. Beautiful movie.

BellaAmazing movie of redemption. Gentle approach against abortion.

Beyond BordersSome pretty incredible landscape, eye-opening scenes of poverty and war in this film.

Journey to Jamaa—Short film on poverty and sponsorship.  Free online through World Vision.

Not Without My Daughter—Sally Fields stars in a movie that reveals darker part of some Muslim womens’ lives

Soul SurferGreat faith, true story, but key is how her perspective changed when she visited the poor after the tsunami. Good for young eyes.

The Blind SideA rich white family is changed when they meet a kind boy who was lost in the cracks of society. True story of football player.

Ultimate GiftRich, selfish man gets a chance at a new life through a series of tests to get an inheritance.

Tsunami: The Aftermath—Helps a person understand what the tsunami in Thailand of 2004 was like.

Grace CardA cop, whose child was killed by a black drug dealer, is teamed with a black partner and deals with his racism and bad family life. Faith and redemption.

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