Veil of Tears

Theatrical Release: March 28, 2014
Veil of Tears
Dove "Faith-Friendly"
For Ages 12 and Over

Synopsis

Limited Theatrical Release – This gripping new documentary film tells the untold story of millions of women in Asia who are culturally persecuted for no other reason than the fact that they are women. From birth until death, their life is a vicious cycle of poverty and oppression; from the mass epidemic of female suicides, dowry deaths, forced abortion to the high rate of illiteracy among the women and even how more than 46 MILLION widows are being cast aside and ostracized by society simply because their husband died. However, despite more than a millennia of hardships, the Gospel is being spread into the remote villages as Christian women are now rising up across the entire nation of India; bringing cultural change in every area of life through the hope of Jesus Christ.

These are the faces of true survivors. Those who have withstood a lifetime of adversity in the face of a culture stacked against them. Take a heartfelt journey through the eyes of these women, and others, who unveil their personal stories of triumph over persecution, rejection, abandonment and a life of tragedy. Get a glimpse of the true resilience of the human spirit and how the love of Jesus is restoring hope and dignity to generations of broken women, and rebuilding shattered lives.

Narrated by Dove Award-Winning, Grammy-Nominated, CCM Recording Artist Natalie Grant, Directed & Produced by the critically-acclaimed filmmakers, Kenny & Kyle Saylors (Kimjongilia, The Gamebreaker, My Finish Line), this film was shot on-location across the stunning nation of India, in some of the most remote tribal villages in the world today. This is more than just a film, it is a journey into a world where few outsiders have gone before, where the struggles are very real, but so is the hope.

Dove Review

This is a powerful film. It clearly shows the hardship and downright suffering of many women in India. It opens with the story of a powerful ruler who spent a fortune on a tomb for his beloved and deceased wife. It is known as the Taj Mahal. Then it compares that story to today’s treatment of the women there which includes treating them as inferior and the abuse of many of them including female children.

The statistics are alarming. With 1.2 billion citizens the capital is New Dehli. It is called a microcosm of India and 21 million people live there. There is no shortage of crime, especially when it comes to victimizing women. An example of this is given by narrator Natalie Grant. On December 16, 2012 in New Dehli a twenty three year old young woman got on a bus and was dragged to the back, beaten with a rod, and gang raped within an inch of her life. This documentary features Dr. K.P. Yohannan, who says this did upset a lot of people. And it made national news as well. The suffering of women because of the caste system is also explored. Despite the horror stories of rape and the suicides of the women due to greedy husbands wanting more from a dowry, and a host of other problems, the documentary does not cross the line in the content areas. It is in fact a very informative and educational DVD and features hope as it shows what churches and women of fellowship are able to accomplish, helping to feed and clothe women and children, build churches, teach better hygiene, and even build homes for some families.

This could be a documentary of despair. Instead it turns out that it is one of compassion and determination and good deeds. It shows what just a few people can accomplish. We are pleased to award this DVD our Faith Friendly Seal for ages twelve plus. This one will cement your belief in the possibility of hope!

Content Description

Sex: The mention of various women being raped and sexually abused; it's stated a seven year old girl was raped; comments about how some women go into prostitution; the sex trade is mentioned.
Language: None
Violence: Blood is seen on the ground and it's stated a woman had gushed out blood after being abused by a family member; it's stated a man had killed two wives because they could not get more of a dowry; some brides are burned alive it is said.
Drugs: It's stated that some men drink and get drunk; man seen taking a drink.
Nudity: Shirtless men and children are seen.
Other: A few people are seen with health issues including a missing finger and bloody foot; a comment about a woman having a miscarriage; women are considered to be inferior by some; polluted walkway and poverty like conditions are seen that many live in; it's mentioned that some men gamble; the mention of abortion and how some practice it; abortion pills are mentioned; it's stated one family sold their children so the children could eat and have a better life; the fact some women commit suicide is mentioned a few times.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Word Films
Writer: Kenny Saylors
Director: Kenny and Kyle Saylors
Producer: Daniel Punnose, John Beers, Taun Cortado, Chris Brewer
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 85 min.
Starring: Natalie Grant, Dr. KP Yohannan, Dr. Daniel Johnson