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A new documentary feature film on The Passion of the Christ opened in selected theaters on December 3, 2004. “Impact: The Passion of the Christ” has already stirred interest around the world as one of the subjects of the film, a neo-Nazi, turned after himself in for the ten-year old bombing of two buildings in Olso, Norway, two hours after seeing The Passion of the Christ.

The film has garnered praise and criticism as it tackles the controversies that surrounded the most explosive movie of our time and addresses the cultural war that is taking place in America. Directed by award-winning filmmaker Tim Chey, the movie also takes viewers around the world to London, Tokyo, Oslo, Bombay, and Bangkok in search of answers to the compelling questions that surrounded The Passion of the Christ.

The film has so far received the same type of response that The Passion of the Christ received as judged by two film festivals it played in recently. Applause rang out incessantly throughout the movie; while after the screenings, some in the media criticized the overtly hard-core Christian message.

I think this movie is despicable, voiced one critic, in that if you just accept Jesus Christ, the world will be a better place and you can go on your way. Thats way too simplistic.

Another critic said it (“Impact”) takes another cheap shot at Michael Moore by stating that if the Columbine High School killers had known Jesus Christ, they wouldnt have committed those atrocities.

There is definitely a wide chasm of religious and cultural views that is increasing, not decreasing, in this country, says Chey. All of this culminated in the movie The Passion of the Christ and when you take a step back, you see this chasm is very great indeed.

According to the distributor, Fallen World Distribution, “Impact: The Passion of the Christ” will expand into more theaters in early 2005.

Tim Chey is an award-winning filmmaker who has directed the feature films “Fakin Da Funk” and “Gone.” “Gone” (2002), a thriller about three lawyers who struggle to survive after the biblical Rapture, was nominated for “Best Christian Movie of the Year” by ChristianBeats Magazine. “Before I committed my life to Jesus Christ,” says Chey, “I was your typical money-hungry, girl-chasing, fame-seeking, take-no-prisoners Hollywood director. Now Im a changed man because of my love for Christ. I’ve lost all of my friends in Hollywood, but I’m OK with that.”

Cheys work has been seen on E! Entertainment, The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Vibe TV, MTV, Daily Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, TNT, USA Networks, the Christian Times, the Dove Awards (PAX TV), Dallas Morning News, the Movieguide Awards (PAX TV), People Magazine, and The New York Times.

Chey received his education at Harvard University, Boston University School of Law, and USC. He is also a member of the State Bar of California and has worked as a volunteer lawyer for several organizations, including the Union Rescue Mission. He served as a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade. He believes strongly in the Great Commission of Jesus to Go out into all the world and spread the gospel to every creature.

We plan to publish a REVIEW of this film.


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