22nd Austin Film Festival Review: ‘Mully’ (2015)

Spent my two days off in style, getting my opportunity to check out the 22nd Austin Film Festival. I attended the special screening of the documentary, ‘Mully’ at the city’s only historical movie theater; The Paramount. Also spotted among some heavy-hitting producers, and up-n-coming directors? James Franco, who scooted into the last fifteen minutes of the movie donned in a trucker hat. Yeah, he really digs that look. Anyhow, more about the movie I saw, ‘Mully’.

Started from the bottom

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Scott Haze, who you’ll be hearing a lot about the next 2-3 years, directed this documentary about Charles Mully. Mully was a very rich and powerful Kenyan millionaire who after a “spiritual awakening”; gives it all up and starts a children’s rescue. Mully Children’s Family, became the largest rescue, rehabilitation, and organization in Africa.

There are several inspiring scenes in the film, but what touched me the most was the fact that Mully already had eight kids of his own. His children questioned his sanity, his commitment to them as family, and his business sense; but they never really left his side. His wife also remained faithful and loyal to Mully and his cause, and it in turn became her cause as well as the children. It’s truly a moving film, as it touches on many points in Africa’s politics, natural disasters, or general disproval of what Charles Mully was doing could have easily derailed the destiny of the Mully family. As of this post, it’s on the brink of being released in limited theaters. If you have the opportunity, go and see ‘Mully’, because you won’t regret it.

NOTE: I could not locate an official trailer, but I did come across an interview with Charles Mully that will bring insight into the type of man he is. Check it out below:

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