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‘Least of These’ film opens Feb. 1

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (BP) -- A missionary's murder that shocked the world 20 years ago is the focus of a movie opening in theaters this weekend -- and its filmmakers hope the project helps spark a renewed interest in long-term missions. "The Least of These" (PG-13) tells the story of Graham Staines, an Australian missionary who took medicine and the Gospel to India's lepers and was killed in 1999 for allegedly violating the region's laws against "forced" conversions. A subsequent investigation cleared his name and showed that everyone who became a Christian did so willingly. The film stars Stephen Baldwin as Staines; Shari Rigby ("October Baby," "Overcomer") as his wife Gladys; and Sharman Joshi as Manav, a newspaper journalist investigating Staines.