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Preview showings have begun of the new feature-length, documentary film, “Beyond the Gates of Splendor,” about the five missionaries martyred in Ecuador in 1956. The film tells the story of how some North American families became part of a Stone Age tribe in the Amazon jungle even after the tribe speared to death their loved ones. The film combines interviews with character storytelling to carry the audience from the early 1950’s to the present day across two continents and three languages, from the Stone Age to the 21st century.

The producers report that “Beyond the Gates” was made so that “this story, that reveals so many insights about faith and family could be discovered by a broad audience. The reality and documentary film style was chosen because we want the authenticity of the story to be fully understood. In this case the truth goes beyond our imagination. We also want the audience to have a film experience, that is, an emotional journey through fascinating characters with whom you laugh and cry and see some part of yourself. In the end we hope the audience is entertained and is thankful for the journey as they leave the film with a more meaningful and hopeful sense of faith and family.”

When will will the film be released? According to the producers Bearing Fruit Communications, “Very soon! Since its completion, we have made several presentations about this compelling docudrama to interested distributors in Hollywood. There seems to be a resurgence in the documentary genre, and although we have received a wide range of compliments, but we have not had any firm offers. Most likely we will arrange a limited release into movie theaters in a few premiere cities, and will then ‘platform,’ or gradually expand to other cities. After the theatrical release of the film, it will most likely be broadcast on television, and then released on DVD and video.”

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