Movie Review: The Drop Box

My wife introduced our family to The Drop Box this past week after hearing about it from a friend and watching it herself.

This documentary tells the story of  a South Korean pastor who has sparked some controversy in his country by creating a drop box at his church for unwanted babies.  Anyone can leave their baby in this box – day or night – and know that their child will be taken care of.  The alternative that faces many (primarily teenage) mothers is abandoning their newborns to die on the streets.

It’s a well crafted documentary that clocks in at about an hour and 20 minutes long.  I could be a little tighter and compact, perhaps, but it is not boring.  Through the movie we meet the 15 children that Pastor Lee and his wife have personally adopted – the majority of them heavily handicapped in various ways.  We hear briefly from social services leaders and community leaders offering their thoughts on Pastor Lee’s unorthodox decision.  We get a brief taste of the amount of work and sacrifice Pastor Lee and his wife make on behalf of these children.

But most of all, this movie is an eloquent and simple affirmation of life.  Every life.  All life.  Life as a gift from God and therefore capable of transforming people even if that person is unable to speak or move.  When the cult of death yells so convincingly and incessantly these days, demanding the right to kill people or to let people kill themselves, this movie offers a powerful statement that life is good.  Always.  Maybe not easy or simple or convenient, but always good.

See this movie and see what one person is capable of doing.  See this movie and be reminded (or taught for the first time) how important all life is, and how dangerous it is when we begin to marginalize life, creating metrics to determine when life is worthwhile and when it isn’t.

 

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