Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Veil of Tears (DVD Review)


Disclosure:  I received, at no cost to me, a review copy of this DVD.

"Veil of Tears" is new from Gospel For Asia and Word Films.  I'll share the official description, then tell you my own thoughts.

This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in India who are culturally oppressed for no other reason than the fact that they are women. However, despite the centuries of oppression, there are those who are reaching out and bringing hope to these women.

These are the faces of true survivors. Those who have withstood a lifetime of adversity in the face of a culture stacked against them. Take a heartfelt journey through the eyes of these women, and others, who unveil their personal stories of persecution, rejection, abandonment, tragedy and even triumph. Get a glimpse of the true resilience of the human spirit and the hope that has changed the lives of millions like these and is helping change millions more.

Narrated by Grammy-Nominated Recording Artist Natalie Grant, this film was shot on-location across the stunning nation of India in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today. This is a journey where few outsiders have gone before.

I'd heard about the cultural oppression of women in India.  Yet this film was haunting because it put faces to the stories.  The women tell their own stories.  Those factors made the conditions much more real for me.

The film begins with the horrors.  Many of the women shown are living in extreme poverty, living in slums just next to the sophisticated and opulent cities.  These women are rejected, sometimes even by their own families, for reasons beyond their control:  because they're women or because they're widowed, for example.  Baby girls are unwanted, and their mothers are thought to be cursed.  In many families, the husbands spent their pay on drinking and gambling, which leaves their wives with not enough money to put even one meal a day on the table.  Some families resort to selling their children, so that the children will have a chance at a better life.  (Can you imagine the heartbreak of a mother who has to do this?)

But the film ends with the hope.  Gospel For Asia is working to help the women in both practical and spiritual ways.  They reach out to one at a time, then "train trainers" who can further spread the help.  GFA teaches the women about hygiene, so they and their children will be healthier.  They teach them to read and write, which empowers them.  They teach them trades, so they can earn money to support their families.  They provide food and wells for clean water.  All of these practical steps help give the women hope.

In addition, GFA shows the women the love of Christ, so they know they are not unloved.  The women are invited into congregations and introduced to Jesus so they can have hope through faith in Him.

I found "Veil of Tears" to be a powerful film, and I recommend it.

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