58: The Film -- A disturbing yet compelling film on poverty. 58: The Film portrays one of life’s most destructive forces—poverty.
Poverty destroys lives and hope. It can cause poor health, malnutrition, illiteracy, despair . . . Yet all the Christians in the USA alone have the ability to eradicate poverty by sharing their lives and their resources as stipulated in Isaiah 58—the inspiration behind the film’s title:
“If you extend your soul to the hungry
And satisfy the afflicted soul,
Then your light shall dawn in the darkness…” (Isaiah 58:11).
The film highlights families and individuals caught in poverty and forced to make drastic choices that cost their freedom. Some of them have to work day and night to provide for their families. Yet the children go to sleep hungry.
Some families find themselves caught in an endless cycle of debt and enslavement. They take out a loan to survive, then they are forced to work in illegal quarries or other precarious situations Just to pay back the interest of the loan, with no hopes of ever paying off the principal. They then pass the burden onto their families who are also enslaved.
Some of the profiles are haunting. A little boy enslaved, his face darkened, and without hope. A woman who, since being been enslaved, lives a nightmare; she knows no happiness. A mother struggles to feed her children who cry at night because they’re hungry. They sleep crammed in a dilapidated one-room shack surrounded by sewage.
Children trapped into sex slavery are also portrayed, and so is their rescuer—a man who gave up personal comfort to risk his life for the cause of justice.
The bottom line: Live Isaiah 58. Find the hard things God calls you to do and do them. Put your own problems aside and fight for someone else. It cost you something but you’ll find yourself very close to the heart of God.
58: The Film will be in theaters mid October. Don’t miss it. It will change your life -- and the lives of impoverished children.
You can also read this review in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.
Janey DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © October 2011