I saw a screening of Noble as part of the Q Boston event, a conference full of stories of people who’ve devoted their lives to a myriad of causes and pursuits: humanitarian relief in Syria, peacekeeping in Israel, racial reconciliation, social entrepreneurship or any number of other things. It can be overwhelming to observe the sheer breadth of problems that need addressing in our world; it’s impossible to know where to start.
But then you remind yourself that none of these activists and entrepreneurs are doing it all. Most have picked something specific to devote themselves to, and usually something born out of a personal trauma, relationship, or lived experience.
Noble tells a story like this. The film is a biopic of Christina Noble, an Irishwoman who devoted much of her life to rescuing, sheltering, and advocating for children on the streets of Vietnam. Raised “in the gutter” in Dublin as a precocious performer with a drunken dad and a fondness for Doris Day, Christina lives a hard-knock life but never loses hope.
With stints living as an orphan, under the care of stereotypically cruel nuns or (eventually) on her own, Christina develops a fearlessness and a can-do response to the tough hand she’s been dealt. Noble jumps back and forth between her upbringing in Ireland and her adult life in Vietnam, hoping to show the source of the conviction, courage, and compassion that leads her to fight against sex trafficking and child exploitation on the streets of Ho Chi Minh City, where she founded the Christina Noble Children’s Foundation.
Played at various ages by Gloria Cramer Curtis (child), Sarah Greene (young adult) and Deirdre O'Kane (adult), Christina Noble is an inspiring ...1
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