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Published On: Wed, Feb 11th, 2015

‘The Drop Box’ documentary coming to theaters in March

Focus on the Family and Fathom Events are partnering to being Pastor Lee Jong-rak’s story to theaters with the new documentary, The Drop Box.

The screen goes aflutter as Pastor Lee Jong-rak hurries to a metal box in the wall of his house in Seoul, South Korea. Inside the box is a newborn who has just been abandoned by his mother. This emotional tale of Jong-rak’s mission in South Korea to save unwanted babies will air March 3rd thru the 5th.

“Human beings are not to be thrown away — they’re not to be abandoned,” Jong-rak said through an interpreter at a screening of the film at the Heritage Foundation. “Every life is so precious — more than the entire world.”

Pastor Lee Jong-rak in documentary The Drop BoxThe project began in 2011 when the film’s director Brian Ivie, then a junior at the University of Southern California, read about Jong-rak’s story in the Los Angeles Times. Making contact with Jong-rak through the Times’ correspondent in Seoul, Ivie asked “I’d like to make a movie about your life — can that happen?”

“A month later, I got an email back from him — clearly a google-translated email,” Ivie said at the screening. “It said this: ‘I don’t know what it means to make a documentary film of my life exactly, but you can come live with me if you want.’”

When dropped off, many of the babies suffer from mental or physical disabilities. Rejected by society, Jong-rak accepts the children into his home to care for them until a new home is available. He has permanently adopted 15.

“The fight for life is more than just political,” John Stonestreet, host of BreakPoint radio, wrote in response to the film. “In so many ways, it’s decided in the cultural imagination — and heroes like this provide the inspiration we need to replace cultures that spawned Kermit Gosnell, sewer pipes, child abandonment and forced abortions with a culture that looks more like the home of Pastor Lee Jong-rak.”

Since Jong-rak built the baby box, 140 of the abandoned children have been reclaimed by their birth parents.

“After watching this, if you look away, they surely will just die away,” Jong-rak said.

Tickets can be purchased on The Drop Box film’s website or directly through Fathom Events: http://www.fathomevents.com/

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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