Mully Parent Guide
The intent of this production isn't to act as an infomercial, instead it is an inspirational look at how one little person can cause big change.
Parent Movie Review
Meet Charles Mully. He’s an unassuming person in his mid-sixties, with a penchant for a broad-brimmed leather hat and sunglasses. But don’t be fooled. The man behind the dark shades is anything but ordinary.
As the documentary cameras roll, Mully begins to tell the story of his life. (The past in shown in dramatized flashbacks, where Mully is depicted as a child by Lucky Hassan and later as a teen by Clinton Odour.) Born in the countryside of Kenya, he spends his earliest years in a mud hut. He and his siblings love their mother (Angela Mutua). Yet they fear their unemployed and drunken father (Festus Musyoka Matingi) who regularly beat her (also portrayed – with few details). One morning, the young Mully awakes to discover his entire family has disappeared sometime during the night. Completely alone for the next ten years, he is forced to beg and steal to survive.
In his late teens Mully is invited to a church meeting where a Christian preacher tells him that, “With God, nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1: 37) Finding hope in these words, Mully walks for more than three days to reach the city of Nairobi, resolved to find work in the busy metropolis. However, his lack of education and skills soon leaves him with no choice but to beg again. This time he finds kindness at the home of an Indian woman (Elissa Shay) who wisely gives him domestic chores to do to earn his food. After the hardworking servant proves himself worthy of her trust, she recommends him to her husband, who offers Mully a job as a manager at his produce company. This big break is the beginning of Mully’s liberation from poverty. Saving some of his wages, he begins to invest in bigger and better business opportunities. Eventually he becomes a millionaire.
The documentary now introduces us to Mully’s wife and eight children. In interviews, and by sharing home videos, the family describes what it is like to live the high life and how difficult it is to accept what their husband and father did next: Mully comes home one day and announces that he promised God never to work for money again.
Because an incident with a group of street kids reminded Mully of his own disadvantaged childhood, the wealthy former businessman heads into the dangerous streets where the homeless loiter like angry, stray dogs. There he finds three young orphans. Bringing them back, he asks his wife to cook and care for them. He also expects his children to make room for them in their home. The next night he does the same thing. And the next. And the next.
Before long the house is overrun by unruly children who come with filth, lice, and no understanding of discipline. Despite objections, Mully continues to collect these outcasts, eventually moving the entourage out of the city and onto a farm. Here he gets the kids to help build housing, prepare meals and try to grow food on the desert land. Undeterred by drought, famine or political unrest, Mully’s dogged determination ends up winning over his family’s support, creating a safe oasis in a troubled country and gaining him the nickname “Father-to-the-Fatherless”.
The remainder of the film focuses on some of the amazing accomplishments that have resulted from this one man trying to do something good in a bad situation. The inspiring journey is not without setbacks, nor is the movie without some mature content. Interviews with the young orphans reveal their tragic circumstances. Drug use, prostitution, rape, incest, abuse and hunger are mentioned. As well, some news footage of civil unrest includes images of beatings, throwing rocks, vehicles used as weapons and guns being fired.
The intent of this production isn’t to act as an infomercial for Mully Children’s Family, the name he gives to his charitable enterprise. Instead, the story of faith, forgiveness, compassion and persistence helps the viewer understand the motivation behind this humble man’s sacrifice. It also illustrates what can happen to people when they are freed from the shackles of poverty, ignorance and addictions. In a world where we often ask, “What can one person do?”, Mully is a great example of how even little things can create big changes.
PS: A portion of ticket sales will be donated to orphans in Kenya and the U.S. See details at: http://mullymovie.comDirected by Scott Haze. Starring Philip Ekiru, Lucky Hassan, Rio Evans Juma . Running time: 81 minutes. Theatrical release October 3, 2017. Updated October 3, 2017
Rating & Content Info
Violence: Video from news reports shows a period of civil unrest that includes weapons use, hand-to-hand fighting and vehicles being driven into pedestrians (including a person clearly being run over). Children talk about the abuse they have experienced, including rape, incest, prostitution, neglect and gang involvement. A car is smashed and stolen. Other property damage occurs. A mother is beaten with a stick in front of her children. A man is beaten by a mob. People are discriminated against, live in poor conditions, abandoned and/or forced to beg for food.
Sexual Content: Sexual abuse, prostitution, Aids and HIV are mentioned, often in relation to young children.
Profanity: Mild profanity is heard infrequently.
Alcohol / Drug Use: Characters, both adult and children, talk about alcohol addiction, drug use and gas sniffing.
Page last updated October 3, 2017
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Mully Parents' Guide
What prospects did Charles Mully have as a youngster? What happened to change the condition of poverty and ignorance that he was trapped in? What eventually caused him to reach out to others caught in the same situation? What can you do to change unfavorable circumstances in your life? What could you do to help others?
At first Mully’s family is unhappy with his desire to provide a home for the poor. Why? What sacrifices are they expected to make? What eventually wins their hearts over to Mully’s cause? How has their support helped to bring his vision to reality?
How does Mully feel about donations? How has he tried to make his community self-sufficient? When is giving financial aid a good or necessary thing? When can it be harmful?
News About "Mully"
Mully is opening in a short, limited theatrical release.
In the US,the faith-based film will run October 3, 4, 5, 2017.
In Canada it will be showing on October 4 and 12, 2017.
More About Charles Mully:
Charles Mulli (aka: Mully) founded a charity to help orphans in his home country Kenya.
Learn more about his organization here:
Mully Children's Family USA
Mully Children's Family Canada