Hubby and I enjoy movies, although our tastes follow the stereotypical gender lines—he prefers action, shootings, and explosions. I like romantic comedies or dramas based on true stories.
We’ve wasted many hours on mindless stinkers that, at best, bring a chuckle or two. But often enough, the stories we watch feel like time well spent. They pull us out of our own little worlds and open our minds to new ideas. Or they move us emotionally as a profound truth seeps in, dislodging a memory locked deep inside. Often, we learn things from history we didn’t know before. Sometimes movies simply make us laugh, and laughter is good medicine.
The best kind of movies, in my mind, are about real life heroes. Stories like Life of a King, Schindler’s List, and A Beautiful Mind inspire us with how ordinary individuals can overcome horrific obstacles to become heroes. One such movie about a modern-day hero is coming to theatres for two nights only—March 4 and 5.
The Drop Box is an award-winning documentary about the work of Pastor Lee Jong-rak of South Korea and his heroic efforts to embrace and protect his community’s most vulnerable children. In 2009, Lee installed a drop box in the outer wall of his home to provide a safe place for babies who would otherwise be left to die on the streets. Since then, he has saved hundreds of babies and adopted as his own many who would have perished. It’s a heart-wrenching exploration of the physical and emotional toll associated with providing refuge to those deemed unwanted by society. But it’s also a story of hope and a celebration of the reality that every human life is sacred, purposeful, and worthy of love.
Official reports say over 600 babies and young children are abandoned in Seoul annually, but actual numbers probably run much higher. Hundreds die in the street.
“The baby box should not exist,” Pastor Lee says, “but we live with a government where inaction and lack of concern prevail.”
Two years after the drop box was built, American Brian Ivie came across an article in the Los Angeles Times titled, “South Korean pastor tends an unwanted flock.” After reading the article, Brian knew he must find a way to share Pastor Lee’s story.
“If I don’t do something, everyone will forget,” he said.
Six months after reading the article, Brian Ivie and his production team from Arbella Studios headed to Seoul to live with Pastor Lee and film his story.
“Through this movie,” Ivie says, “I’m hoping people see a type of love that spends itself on behalf of others and doesn’t expect anything back. Because that’s what God’s love is like. It goes to the gutters for the broken and the lost.”
In Winnipeg, The Drop Box will play at the Cineplex Odeon at 2190 McGillivray and at Silver City Polo Park—March 4 and 5 only.You can buy tickets for yourself or obtain group sales for your friends, family, neighbours and small group at www.dropbox.focusonthefamily.ca.