|A MIRACLE A DAY|
|East Coast Premiere|
|Director: Deborah Harse|
United States/India, 2017, 76min
Format: Digital (screening) - HD Video (shooting)
Festival Year: 2018
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The documentary film, "A Miracle A Day", is a portrayal of All Bengal Women's Union Welfare Home For Girls in Kolkata, India. The home is a progressive present-day example of the institutions depicted in the highly acclaimed film "Lion", whose story also took place in Kolkata. It was founded in 1932 for women and girls to have a place of refuge from brothels, trafficking, poverty and abandonment. Today it is still thriving with residents ranging from one day old through their nineties. All Bengal Women's Union provides food, clothing, shelter, education and vocational training for 150 to 200 girls, young women, elderly and care for babies as well. The staff, many of whom are volunteers, show heartfelt and relentless dedication to helping every person become the best they can be. The film is an uplifting testament to the human spirit and it's capacity to surmount obstacles and transcend adversity.
With curiosity as the main impetus, Deborah Harse began exploring the world by bicycle in 1981 and continued to travel
back and forth from her home in NYC to various corners of the world. Over time photography became the focus of her
travels and she developed long term projects that resulted in several exhibitions. In 2005 she shifted from photography
to documentary filmmaking and has won several awards for her films. Her objective is to emphasize how our similarities
outweigh our differences and to portray the dignity in human nature which prevails in societies around the world despite ongoing adversity. “The “Mission Home” is her fifth film.
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