We are not pioneers in the world of child abandonment.
We are simply carriers of a cause championed by many others.
In countries AROUND THE WORLD, babies are abandoned due to poverty and domestic violence, among other reasons. Children with disabilities, however, are the most vulnerable and even the most "DISPOSABLE."
Since 1998, Pastor Lee Jong-rak of South Korea has saved nearly three dozen infants, all of whom were abandoned BECAUSE OF THEIR DISABILITIES.
Recently, Pastor Lee asked a group of filmmakers to document his story, and the story of abandonment worldwide, so that this issue would not be forgotten. Please visit our Support Page and help us carry out Pastor Lee's wish...
*In the same way that "The Cove" encourages support for the Oceanic Preservation Society, we will be offering ways to "TAKE ACTION," by partnering with various non-profit organizations around the world. At the same time, we hope to build a "barrier-free home" for Lee's children, which will be a beacon of hope for all victims.
Protect life. Be a part of the movement against abandonment. Please support us today...
"The Drop Box" is a Documentary Film about a courageous man named Pastor Lee Jong-rak, leader of Jusarang Community Church in Seoul, South Korea. He and his small staff have taken in nearly three dozen children over the past decade, all of whom were abandoned because of their disabilities.
In 2009, Pastor Lee installed the "drop box" on the side of his home where parents can leave their unwanted babies.
The following words can be read on the drop box: "This is a facility for the protection of life. If you can't take care of your disabled babies, don't throw them away or leave them on the street. Bring them here."
Currently, his flock numbers 21.
Yes, of course, there are facilities in place throughout Korea that also care for the abandoned and the homeless. However, Pastor Lee's 24-hour "drop box" protects those, who would otherwise fall through the cracks. Through his story, we hope to make the issue at large more accessible to people...
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HOW YOUR MONEY WILL BE SPENT:
1.) Equipment: In order to shoot a documentary film of the highest caliber, a great deal of equipment must be rented and purchased. Your generous pledges will be used to rent cameras (5D + Lenses, Sony NXCAM, etc), Lavalier Mics, simple lighting kits (Kino Flo), Hard Drives, and many other essential pieces.
2.) Travel: Since we live in the states, a portion of the budget must be dedicated to travel (i.e. Airfare, lodging, food, etc). I will be taking a small team of operators, photographers, and other documentarians in order to best capture the climate of Korea and the emotions surrounding Jusarang. Furthermore, after returning from Korea, I will be traveling to various locations across the country in order to interview authors, religious figures, and other relevant individuals.
1 Plane Ticket to Seoul is over $1,600...
3.) Website: We will be creating a website that will allow people to "Take Action," and show the film at their local theaters, churches, homes, etc...It will also ultimately link them to a foundation.
4.) Film Festivals: We will be submitting the film to many international film festivals, in the hope that wide audiences will get an opportunity to hear Pastor Lee's message of hope, love, and belief in Jesus Christ.
MY RELATIONSHIP WITH PASTOR LEE & JUSARANG:
I contacted Pastor Lee right after I read about him in the Los Angeles Times (http://articles.latimes.com/2011/jun/19/world/la-fg-south-korea-orphans-20110620). Since then, I have been in talks with his entire staff, and my Korean Liaison-Jin Doo-has already traveled to South Korea to pass on my message personally. Jin is both my co-producer and my translator.
Pastor Lee and his family are opening up their home to me and my crew for 6 days in December, 2011.
Video cut by Brian Ivie / Music by Eric Andrade, "The Back Door" / Photos by Matt Douma of The LA Times
- (55 days)