So I’m talking with my friend and filmmaker Brad Knull, who’s been working on a documentary project in a third world country dealing with a person that grew up with no written language in an obscure part of the world. Upon finding out Brad and his team were all Christians her first question about the project was, “Is this film going to be Christian or is it going to be good?”
So somehow halfway around the planet, a person considered “backward” in a culture that is third world by most western definitions knew that “Christian” was code for “crap” when it came to creating a film. As Christians our reputation has proceeded us, and not in a good way – even among the least sophisticated media consumers on the planet. Fortunately, Brad’s a terrific filmmaker, so in this case, she wasn’t disapointed.
But how did we get to this place?
It’s a documentary in Thailand. The subject is Orphans affected by HIV and AIDS. These kids are from a group of people known as the “Hill Tribe People” the have no written language, no home country and they are often exploited because of their lack of Thai citizenship which prevents them from receiving an education, medical care or other opportunities afforded Thai citizens. The “second in command” at the orphanage was also a “Hill Tribe Person.” For more info on the film go to houseoflovethemovie.com.