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Based on a true story, “The Least of These” shares the remarkable life of Australian missionary Graham Staines, who on January 23, 1999 met an unexpected fate in India while faithfully serving the leper population. The film’s release date on February 1, 2019, coincides with the 20th anniversary of his martyrdom that shocked the world.

Shot on location near Hyderabad, India, “The Least of These” is told through the viewpoint of a fictional character, Manav Banerjee (Joshi), who moves with his pregnant wife to Orissa, India, seeking a job as a journalist with the local newspaper.

Christian actor Stephen Baldwin plays the part of missionary Graham Staines and Shari Rigby plays his wife Gladys—who served lepers of India

When speculation mounts that Graham Staines (Stephen Baldwin) is illegally proselytizing and converting leprosy patients to Christianity, Manav, hoping to make a better life for his new family, agrees to investigate undercover, hoping to catch Staines in the act.

What Manav finds is a series of revelations that are difficult to fathom and even harder to explain, forcing him to make a choice between his own ambition and the truth. In the end, a tragic event and a surprising reaction from the Staines family will change Manav forever.

Executive Producer Victor Abraham says,

The film is all about the power of love, hope and forgiveness to overcome hate.

In 2005, Graham’s wife Gladys Staines was awarded the 4th highest civilian honor in India, Padma Shree, in recognition for her work with leprosy patients in Odisha. In the film, Shari Rigby plays Gladys Staines. Rigby has appeared in 8 films including “OCTOBER BABY” (2012), “NOT TODAY” (2013) and “EXTRAORDINARY” (2017). She is also starring in the new Sherwood Pictures film “OVERCOMER” coming later this year.

Actor Sharman Joshi (playing Manav Banerjee) was born in Bombay, Maharashtra, India, and comes from a long line of actors and performing artists as a member of the Gujarati family. He is a notable Indian Cinema actor best known for “3 Idiots” (2009), “Rang De Basanti” (2006) and Golmaal: “Fun Unlimited” (2006).

The film features a companion soundtrack to be released based on the movie with exclusive songs by well-known artists including Michael W. Smith, Toby Mac and Nicole C. Mullen and Getty Music.