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Aktion T-4

During World War II, a Lutheran bishop, Catholic deacon, and a deaf mother fight to save the life of her epileptic son by attempting to halt Hitler's forced euthanasia program, "Aktion T-4."

At The Mercy Of Faith - V4

A 14 year old preacher renounces his faith in God in the wake of a terrifying and traumatic encounter. 18 years later, the psychopathic demons of his past, viciously returns to wreak havoc on his home - and claim his soul - for the god of their hell.

All-American

When a woman prepares to attack a Sikh Temple in Oran, Arizona, Kumar has very little time to talk her out of hurting these Sikh Americans. All-American is a riveting, two character drama that examines the relationship between two strangers who are brought together by fate. The story focuses on two very different characters – an older East-Indian man who tries to talk a middle-aged woman out of committing an act of domestic terrorism. As the day progresses both begin to realize they have a lot more in common than they expected.

The Christmas Cookie Crook

The little things put meaning into Christmas. And Christmas cookies really mean a lot. A small town inventor follows his dream to fly on his own but is, instead, coerced to leave his family and tricked into helping to ruin Christmas by a cunning old man who hates the holidays.

Escape To Egypt - The Greatest Story Never Told

Nepotism, inequality, police brutality, civil unrest, this is the authoritarian world Jesus was born into. Escape to Egypt is a nail-biting tale about faith, and the lengths families will go to save the ones they love. According to Amnesty International there are 25.9 million seekers of asylum worldwide and half are children, this movie is meant to both entertain a global audience and soften their hearts to the plight of today’s refugees. When Joseph awakes from a nightmare of the terrible fate that awaits them in Egypt, he keeps it from his wife, Mary, as they fight to get their Holy Child beyond Bethlehem’s gates, across the border to Ashkelon, and then to Egypt while facing threats from man-eating lions, childish governors, venomous snakes, Roman troops, cutthroats, Herod’s own special forces, and the great Satan, Samael, the Angel of Death; truly, if they are to survive, it will take a miracle.

Giant - The True Story of the Birth of Habitat for Humanity

In 1942 a Southern man by the name of Clarence Jordan, an agriculturist and biblical scholar, could not understand the division between black and white churches. He started a commune in Americas, Georgia, where blacks and whites would live, work and worship together. A mentor to Martin Luther King, Clarence ran into extreme opposition - but bullets, dynamite, nor the KKK would stop his journey. As the years went on, the farm went from a successful multi-family operation to a battered struggle to survive for the few remaining occupants. In the face of failure, a business man named Millard Fuller, in search of reconciliation with God, showed up and picked up where Clarence had fallen. Under the personal counselling of Jordan, Millard breathed new life into the farm, fulfilling Clarence's life long dream of building a better world. This is the true story of the birth of Habitat For Humanity.

Hannah's Dream (All Saints Peshawar - Pakistan, 22 Sept 2013)

As Hannah, a strong Christian faith woman, living in Canada. Mourns her mother’s passing, she tells her daughter & husband stories of growing up in her native Karachi - Pakistan with her 2 brothers and 1 sister. The tales tell of a childhood filled with danger and narrow escapes but always guided by her mother and her powerful faith in God. Her mom always praying, teaching and motivating her children to stand strong with God no matter what happened. Pray before leaving the home and thank God after coming back home and memorize Bible verses. After her father’s death, she persevered through hardships at school to eventually earn an MBA degree and flee from Pakistan to Dubai. Finally, she recounts falling in love with her husband and migrating to Canada with her baby daughter. Hannah, her husband and daughter go to a church where her interest is piqued by the pastor’s sermon on spiritual gifts. She recalls her mother’s many gifts of healing, seeing into the future and her mother telling Hannah that God is going to use you for a very special mission & vision. Hannah speaks with the pastor after the service about her regret of having been too busy with worldly life to heed her mother’s prophetic words and vows to developing her God-given gifts. HANNAH'S DREAM: On 19 September 2013's (after receiving Holy Spirit baptism - her first dream): Hannah had a very vivid dream, she is there and can see "A white colour, big and beautiful church, full with the congregation, children age of 4-12 singing/playing, some kind of play/drama on the stage, dressed in white for a celebration at a church. (They looks like my own family & friends, somewhere in Pakistan). Pastor in white rob with the red scarf, musicians playing, worshipping, service happing peacefully. Two men covering their faces, holding guns, trying to go around the church (as if they are trying to find a way to get into the church building or checking the security). Barge into the church wall, killing the security guards and detonate explosives, leading to a scene of massive carnage and bloodshed. Hannah saw the round small ball shape bullets with sharp nails. As they hit people it shattered many the bodies into many parts/pieces. Everyone running here and there, so much commotion, panic, people crying, looking for their loved ones. The situation becomes out of control. Hearing the sound of emergency vehicles arrive to whisk men, women and children to an overcrowded hospital. Hannah standing in shock and see the kids wearing white dresses turned into blood spots/splashes. Many are dead, body parts all over the church building, on the floor, hanging on the trees, walls, inside and outside the church. Finally, in her dream, she sees a massive funeral, many women sitting next to the coffin boxes, they are crying, beating themselves as they cannot see the faces of their loved ones. The whole community, church and many other people join mourning families in the streets. Massive funeral mass about to happen, the long line of graves, many people standing on both sides of the roads. She wakes up around 4-4.30am in a panic, sweating, feeling the dream was very real, as if she was there and she saw everything with her own eyes, heard screaming and cry of everyone. Hannah felt very tired and exhausted as if she was helping physically around on the church ground and in the hospital. In Canada, Hannah’s husband and child went out to do groceries and some other activities. All-day she is very disturbed, didn’t want to do anything. Hannah is lost somewhere, very upset and crying inside her heart. Her husband comes to her side, finding her in desperate pain. As if something very important is lost of hers. Hannah asks him to turn on the television after coming back home. As he turned on the TV, the first news is about the bomb blast in one of the Church in Pakistan. There on the screen, the scene of her DREAM seems to her as if she has seen this blast before somewhere. Hannah tried to remember if she has seen this blast somewhere before. She opens her dream book and starts looking for it. Finally, Hannah found the same dream, saw 3 days before. Amid the chaos and blood, both of the Hannah collapses in grief. Hannah watches the news and suddenly sees the footage of her dream splashed across the television screen, playing out before her in real life. Distraught, Hannah visits her pastor and asks him how this could have happened and what she should have done? when God showed her in the dream? why no one teaches me or guided me on what to do when a dream or vision is given by God? They explore Biblical passages (Daniel, Genesis, Revelation and many others) together and conclude that she does have a spiritual gift of being able to have dreams, vision and hear from God. Intercession for those who don’t yet know what is going to happen. HANNAH, repenting, ask God forgiveness and promised that she will never take it so easy, ignore the dreams and vision. She made a habit to get up at 4 am every day for interceding. In the dark at her home, in the living room corner, Hannah prays on her knees with tears. Requesting God to send more people, finances, volunteers to help victims. The Bible verses written out by the pastor are taped to the wall along with new ones under a cross wall hanging. She pauses to write what she hears or sees while praying in her books. Will continued praying, fasting and getting in touch with other churches, a community for awareness and all kind of support. Hannah, now understand what her mother always said about her gift and God using her in a mighty way. Now she commits to devoting herself to God and His people, specially Pakistani Christians suffering. Blast information all over news channels, radio and other media spreads like a fire. That night, vigils around the world held for those killed at All Saints Church in Peshawar, Pakistan. Hannah is inspired to send medical, financial, education and other help to those Christians still living in the danger zone, being persecuted, are in the jail for their faith, burned and murdered being Christian in Pakistan.

The Last Wedding

Josh Golden is a Jewish helmet maker from Michigan with an obsessional fear of losing his loved ones in a road traffic accident. . When he loses his entire family in a car accident his life falls apart. Unable to find what he is looking for in either his own religion or atheism, he travels to Greece for answers. He ends up on the island of Patmos where he befriends Yanni, a Jewish-Greek tour operator and the island’s wedding planner. Yanni persuades him to stay 1 week longer to help him plan the last major event of the year on the island: a Greek wedding. Through this Josh meets Mia, a local nurse with an abusive and controlling ex-husband. Josh and Mia start to fall in love... Through his relationship with Yanni and Mia, Josh becomes challenged about the possibility that Christ is perhaps the Jewish Messiah. However, his own obsessional fears and interference from Mia’s ex causes a major rift and another downward spiral. A further unexpected turn of events means Josh now has to face his demons and deal with the ultimate question: Is Jesus the Jewish Messiah?

Nothing, Arizona

Not all roads lead to NOTHING. After their bank robbery goes horribly wrong, four friends racing for the Mexican border are forced to take a detour: into the ghost town of Nothing, Arizona. With one man shot and limited supplies, their options quickly become desperate. Meanwhile, the local sheriff and his deputy are on the hunt, against the wishes of the called-in FBI, as they search for the thieves. As the pressure increases, the cops and robbers are both forced to revaluate their perspectives, before time finally runs out.

REVELATION - Co-winner, Best Screenplay

Based on The New Testament Book of Revelation, REVELATION is the story of John, the Disciple of Jesus, who is banished to the Island of Patmos by the Roman Emperor. He has a vision of The Apocalypse. John sees the Glories of Heaven, confronts the powers of Hell, sinks in the depths of despair, and rises up by the Power of the Living God. Played out on the stage of history at the time of John's exile, REVELATION unveils the drama of John and Jesus, Heaven and Earth, Goodness and Evil, Judgment and Redemption. REVELATION embraces a vision of Hope for the world, illuminated by the Light of God.

Traveling Soldier

Grace and Billy put their relationship in God's hands as they fight the odds of WWII. "Traveling Soldier" is a painful, yet hopeful reminder that God’s plan for us doesn’t always unfold as we may expect. Billy Larson, the uneducated son of the town alcoholic, and Grace McCord, the lively preacher’s daughter, learn this lesson as they embark on a journey of hope and love in the middle of World War II. Grace and Billy cross paths the day before Billy leaves for basic training, and they agree to send each other letters while he’s away. Billy, who started out with zero trust in the Lord, grows in his faith by reading a Bible Grace gifted him the day they met. However, Grace, who knew all the answers and had a strong connection with the Lord, begins to struggle the longer Billy is away. In this film, you’ll experience both the thrill of young love and the anguish of war while God tugs at your heartstrings to keep your focus on Him throughout the entire piece.