Eric and I tend to seek out movies that have been described by my mom, among others, as “quirky” and “weird.” We can’t disagree; I mean, for weeks now we’ve been scheming a way to see The Grand Budapest Hotel…not knowing whether Elsa could keep her cool for two hours in the theater and not being ready to leave her sometimes-bottle-refusing self with a babysitter just yet.
But quirky, weird, or not, it’s not often that we’ll turn down the chance to see a documentary. We’re pretty much documentary junkies, and we’re definitely those people that you’ll overhear at a party obnoxiously praising the merits of some obscure documentary we’ve just seen. It’s true.
So when we were contacted about our interest in seeing The Starfish Throwers, we were more than on board. The documentary tells the story of three individuals who are doing incredible work to take on hunger. The key here is individuals – Katie, a nine-year old girl in South Carolina, Allan, a retired school teacher in Minneaoplis (represent!), and Narayanan, a top-tier chef in India. All three made a small choice to do what they could with what they had to help the people in need around them, and all three have had tremendous impact on their communities.
What impressed me was that these three people are actually doing the work of feeding the hungry. They are the faces bringing food, bringing compassion. And while they now have a wider network of people who are contributing to their efforts, it is still the three of them happily and deeply involved in the day to day interactions with the food and the people. Their work and stories show that everything big starts small. I loved that.
Throughout the movie, again and again, you hear the message that food is love, which I totally resonated with. You see the faces of the people on the receiving end of these meals, and in their eyes, there is that edge of relief in knowing that someone cares.
Guys, this movie is straight-up inspiring. There has been nothing short of a chain-reaction to the simple acts of kindness done by Katie, Allan, and Narayanan. I totally recommend that you check out this movie, and it’s a great one for kids too, especially with the storyline of Katie, the nine-year-old.
Right now, it’s being screened at festivals around the world. And you can see it right here in Minneapolis on April 10 or 12 at the International Film Festival. In fact, I have two free tickets to the 4:00 screening on the 10th at St. Anthony Main Theatre for the first person to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I received no compensation for reviewing this film; just the happily received opportunity to watch it!