“ No Child Grows Up Behind Prison Walls ”
In Waiting for Mamu, 28-year-old Pushpa Basnet struggles to provide a typical childhood for the more than 150 children she has rescued from the floors of Nepal’s prisons. Pushpa, or Mamu as she is called by the children, feeds, clothes, educates, and loves her children while struggling to pay rent and overcome the discrimination of landlords and neighbors when she is surprised by worldwide recognition as the 2012 CNN Hero of the year.
As one of the poorest countries in the world (according to UNICEF, 55% of the population lives below the international poverty line), Nepal has none of the social safety nets that exist in most western countries. When parents are sent to prison, there is nowhere for their children to go. Many enter prison at a young age with their parents and are released to the world at age 18, with no life skills or support system, knowing nothing of the world but what they experienced in a jail cell, creating a vicious cycle of poverty and crime. The film shares Pushpa’s passion to help and the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and yet find hope in unlikely places.
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TedX Talk by Director Tom Morgan, Traverse City, MI 2013
M-GO, an online streaming service and a joint venture between Technicolor and DreamWorks, is donating profits from Waiting for Mamu sales in the first 60 days to help build the ECDC permanent shelter for the children Pushpa rescues.
Raised over $550,000 through October 2014 to build Pushpa’s Permanent Butterfly Home for the children she rescues. The home was opened in May 2016.
Audience Award Winner for Best Short Documentary at 2013 Traverse City Film Festival
Director’s Choice Best Humanitarian Film (documentary) at 2014 Sedona International Film Festival
Audience Award Winner for Best Documentary Short at 2014 Sedona International Film Festival
Jury Award Best Documentary at 2014 San Diego Film Festival
Audience Award Best Documentary at 2014 San Diego Film Festival
Official Selection Sarasota Film Festival 2014
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Produced in Association with Shine Global