‘Drop Box’ Tells the Inspiring Story of Abandoned Babies Rescued in South Korea
May 29, 2013
Every year, hundreds of babies—many with mental and physical disabilities—are abandoned in the streets of South Korea. Now, the film Drop Box, which is currently in negotiations for a distribution deal with a major studio, tells the story of one pastor who decided to provide a way for desperate mothers to save their unwanted children. He and his wife set up the “baby box,” to give mothers an alternative to abandoning their babies on the street. The box contains a heater, lights and a towel to keep the baby warm as it automatically alerts the pastor and his staff when a baby has been left there. Pastor Jong-rak and his wife have also established an orphanage to care for the children who have been left.
Filmmaker Brian Ivie heard the story of the baby box and traveled to South Korea to meet Pastor Jong-rak and his wife. During an award acceptance speech at a recent film festival, the 22-year-old documentarian said, “I became a Christian while making this movie. When I started to make it and I saw all these kids come through the drop box–it was like a flash from heaven, just like these kids with disabilities had crooked bodies, I have a crooked soul. And God loves me still” …