Mama Luka Comes Home

DVD Release: November 17, 2009
Mama Luka Comes Home


Doctor Helen Roseveare, affectionately called “Mama Luka,” pioneered vital medical work in the rainforests of the Belgian Congo—now Zaire. After the Belgian Congo achieved independence in 1964, the Simba Rebellion ravaged the country. The rebels beat, raped and imprisoned Helen, who was caught up in the horror of the revolution. “Mama Luka Comes Home” vividly tells Helen’s story of forgiveness and faithfulness to those she came to serve. This is a story of love overcoming hatred, brutality, and racial prejudice.

Dove Review

In this documentary, Dr. Roseveare returns to Zaire. Her friends, who were with her through the troubled times of the country, welcome her back. In 1960, this country, now the Democratic Republic of Congo, got its independence, but the rebels tried to take it back.

Mama Luka tells her story as she revisits the countryside. This documentary is a tale of her joys and sadness in living, helping and teaching the people there. She also recalls the terrible time of attacks, rapes and murders that the rebels committed during that time. Through it all, she knew that God loved her and had a purpose for her and would help her through the worse of times.

This film tells the wonderful life story of this courageous, faithful woman. Her story is uplifting but also heartbreaking at times. We award “Mama Luka Comes Home” the Dove Faith Friendly Seal for 12+.

Content Description

Sex: Discussion of brutal rapes
Language: None
Violence: Discussion of rebels who murdered, beat and raped people; men with guns; rebellious war
Drugs: Hospital scene, scene of doctor doing a surgery
Nudity: Partial clothes on people; mother showing parts of her breast
Other: Man with an infected foot; people starving; tale of mother dying through child birth


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Crawford Telfer
Producer: Crawford Telfer
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 60 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe