Movie Review: “The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story”

The true story about an Australian missionary and his young sons’ untimely murders in 1999 was retold through “The Least of These”. In the 2019 film, Bollywood actor Sharman Joshi stars as a poor journalist who is desperate to earn money for his young family. While his wife is hospitalized, the journalist is given the assignment to take down Christian missionaries in an article. He meets Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) during his research, and he’s determined to catch him in the midst of illegal acts. Instead of deception in Staines life, he finds honesty, love and a heart to serve sick people. The journalist also witnesses the greatest example of forgiveness.

Prior to watching “The Least of These”, I had never heard of Graham Staines. I was in awe of his family’s selfless service to leprosy patients in India. This film is a tear-jerker, but it places a spotlight on the reality of missionary work. The concept of forgiveness is one of the hardest things to do, however, Mrs. Staines (portrayed by actress Shari Rigby in the film) took the high road by forgiving those who killed her family. I highly recommend everyone watch the “The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story” to see the ideal model of Christianity. If only we could all be as self-sacrificing as the Staines family, and follow God’s calling no matter where it leads. Remarkable!

Following it’s nationwide theatrical release, “The Least of These: The Graham Staines Story” was released on DVD and VOD  on May 14th.

A Special Thanks to Collide Media Group for the screener.

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