“More 4 Me,” a feature-length documentary by Creation Box Films featuring the ministry of Compassion International, has won the Times Square Audience Award for Best Documentary Feature at the New York City International Film Festival.
The documentary, which follows Australian filmmaker Lincoln Fenner as he travels across five continents to highlight ‘need vs. greed,’ draws attention to Compassion’s work in Africa, comparing the “needs” of the wealthy to the necessities of the most impoverished in developing countries around the world in the face of the global financial crisis.
“If I were to ask you ‘what’s the one thing you can’t live without?’ you might say your mobile phone or plasma TV. On the other hand, you may say a cup of dirty drinking water. It would depend where in the world you were born,” said Fenner.
“More 4 Me” was shot with a two-man crew over an intensive four-week period. Nearly 200 interviews were recorded in 13 locations across seven countries and five continents.
“This documentary asks a simple yet compelling question,” said Tim Glenn, Compassion International’s advocacy director. “If you clear away all the clutter – if you remove all the fancy toys and devices that many of us are so dependent on – what would be the most important thing we must have to live?”
An estimated 2.4 billion people lack adequate sanitation, and 1.1 billion people are without access to safe water. There are 1.6 million deaths per year attributed to dirty water and poor sanitation alone.
“We don’t have to feel guilty for having more. The real question is: what are we doing for those who don’t have enough?” said Glenn. “And that is why we created our ‘Who Are the Joneses’ website (www.whoarethejoneses.org). We want Americans to realize just how blessed we really are. We use the website to teach what wealthy really looks like and, coincidentally, what poverty really looks like. Then, we encourage Americans to share our blessings—responsibly and willingly.”
Fenner set a mandate from the beginning to donate 75% of the film’s profits to the aid organizations featured in the film and recently distributed AUD$11,000 across five major charities, including Compassion.
Compassion International is the world’s largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1.2 million children in 26 of the world’s poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children - enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded ten consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.