Mary’s Meals movie in the making
Brooklyn-based Grassroots Films has recently completed filming at our Scottish headquarters in Dalmally, Argyll, and at our projects in Malawi, Kenya and India as part of an unrelenting schedule to see our work in action.
Powerful stories about the work of Mary’s Meals and the people involved with it were captured over that time. The film promises to make compelling viewing when it hopefully airs at the end of this year.
Charity founder Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, who joined the filming trip, wrote a series of blogs based on his experiences. He spoke about how the sound of laughter from children receiving Mary’s Meals filled the air in Malawi, his meeting with eight-year-old Bernadette who surprised him by saying she wanted to be a nun, and his moving encounter with Lette.
At 12-years-old, Lette is head of the household, looking after her brothers, including Anderson who is four-years-old. When Lette started taking her younger brother to a Mary’s Meals under six centre, where many of the other children are orphans, he was malnourished but now he is healthy. Lette, after her daily chores, also gets ready for school where after an exam she too would receive Mary’s Meals.
The film crew also spoke to 12-year-old Charlie Docherty, a remarkable young supporter who has been fundraising for Mary’s Meals since the age of six, and visited Dalmally Primary School where pupils performed a short play called The Magic Porridge Pot, which was inspired by Mary’s Meals.
Grassroots Films are no strangers to captivating subject matter, having produced and released the award-winning documentary film The Human Experience in 2008.
Magnus said: “I hope this film will give many supporters of Mary’s Meals, who may never be able to travel to these countries themselves, the chance to ‘meet’ these communities and children in a new way. Furthermore, I hope the film will allow many others to become aware of this beautiful work, through which so many lives are being changed.”