‘The Deep Place’ is a film directed by Lindsay Branham and Andrew Michael Ellis, produced by Novo Films and for client International Justice Mission (IJM). I had no clue of IJM’s existence, but now I cannot get it out of my mind… thanks to this film
(I also read more about IJM and the criticism of some of its tactics.).
The film’s gist: “Thousands of children between the ages of 6 and 18 live in slavery on Lake Volta (Ghana), working up to 18 hours a day in the fishing industry. For these young children, the only way out of slavery is to drown or be rescued.”
The film’s script is incredibly immersive. The story, the actors, their joy and sorrow… everything is layered so well to pull you into their lives.
The most impactful part of the narrative is the way the uncle uses/manipulates the children’s ignorance, and asks them to do something when the IJM people/local authorities come to rescue the children! That deviousness was very, very hard to reconcile with!
And the children listen to the one authority figure in their lives, trusting him. It takes enormous courage to disobey that one authority figure, and do something based on their own conviction. It literally needs a leap of faith to defy their authority figure who seems so convincing, but only in the absence of a means to another way of thinking, for the children.
Did that courage pay off? Watch this phenomenally shot film to know.
There’s a longer (10 minutes) director’s cut version too, in case you are keen. There’s a lot more background layers to the same story you saw!
Even though the film is about IJM and the children’s recuse from slavery, there’s a lesson for every one of us in this film. We struggle with many of our decisions too, in our limited lives. Some of those decisions require us to trust only our instinct and take the leap of faith. We don’t know how the decision would work, and we don’t have the luxury of making calculated decisions on many occasions.
Our own complacency (like the authority figure in the film) will tell us that taking the decision is not worth it… why not let the status quo remain? Why bother shaking up things?
But yet, we do take such decisions and live to tell our story. That courage changed the boy’s life in this film. In our lives, it may, at the very least, make us more resilient.
Related: If you liked this film, I highly recommend the new series on Amazon Prime, called The Widow. Very similar theme, but obviously dramatized. Makes for a riveting watch.