Film has limited engagement, but compelling subject matter


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The movie is called “The Drop Box.” It’s a documentary, and it tells the story of a South Korean Protestant pastor who set up a “drop box” outside his church in the capital of Seoul to rescue babies who otherwise would be abandoned.

Many of the babies had disabilities. But the Los Angeles Times article that compelled Brian Ivie to make “The Drop Box” said that “to Pastor Lee Jong-rak, they are perfect. And they have found a home here at the ad hoc orphanage he runs with his wife and small staff.”

The subject matter is certainly compelling. It convinced Ivie to commit his life to Christ for the first time, according to a promotional announcement for the movie. “I saw all these kids come through this drop box with deformities and disabilities, and eventually — like a ‘heaven flash’ — I realized that I was one of those kids too,” Ivie said. “I have a crooked soul, all this brokenness inside, but God still wanted me.”

The goal of “The Drop Box” is not to correct and make up for every disability. It’s not even to find homes for all the babies abandoned at the church’s doorstep. It’s to create a society where such drop boxes aren’t even needed.

That may take quite some time. However, moviegoers’ ability to see “The Drop Box” is severely limited. It will be on select screens in the United States for only three days: Tuesday-Thursday, March 3-5. To find a Cineplex near you that’s showing the movie, enter your ZIP code at this link.

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