By Aaron Wilson
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Messengers of the Southern Baptist Convention annual meeting attended Lifeway Films screenings of two upcoming faith-based movies, “Show Me the Father” and “Sabina,” on the evenings of June 14 and 15.
“Show Me the Father,” by Sony Pictures’ Affirm Films, will release in theaters nationwide on Sept. 10, 2021. The film is the first documentary from the Kendrick brothers, whose past film credits include “Overcomer,” “Courageous” and “War Room.”
The documentary weaves stories of fatherhood experiences, both good and bad, from individuals around the country, including Sherman Smith, former NFL running backs coach, Jim Daly, Focus on the Family president, and filmmaker Stephen Kendrick. These moving and often surprising accounts interspersed with short teaching segments on the fatherhood of God from Dr. Tony Evans, pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, sparked collective gasps from the audience during the SBC screening.
“Everyone has a father story, but not everyone has learned how to redeem it for their own good and the good of others” said executive producer Stephen Kendrick. “Even though fatherlessness is directly connected to so much brokenness in today’s world, we wanted to go beyond traditional documentaries and show how God is the perfect Father and can amazingly provide the love and healing to anyone at any stage in life.”
The estimated 800 messengers who attended the screening of “Show Me the Father” gave a standing ovation at the conclusion of the film before engaging in a question-and-answer segment with the Kendrick brothers and members of the film’s crew. The Kendrick brothers shared that the documentary will be followed by the theatrical release of “Courageous Legacy,” a remastered and expanded version of their fatherhood-themed, live-action movie which will celebrate its 10-year anniversary later this summer.
“Courageous Legacy” will explore what has transpired for the central characters in the decade following the events of the original edition of the film. It will release in theaters October 15, 2021, on the heels of “Show Me the Father.”
“We’re humbled and gratified that ‘Courageous’ is continuing to make a global impact,” said director Alex Kendrick. “The Lord has been graciously using this film all over the world for a decade, and we can’t wait to see how the film is received by a new generation of fathers and their families.”
On Tuesday evening, SBC messengers attended the screening of the live-action film “Sabina: Tortured for Christ, the Nazi Years” by Voice of the Martyrs. Filmed on location in Bucharest, Romania, “Sabina” traces the true story of Sabina Wurmbrand, co-founder of Voice of the Martyrs, who passed away in 2000. After Wurmbrand’s parents and siblings were killed in Nazi concentration camps, she and her husband Richard ran an underground ministry to refugees and Russian occupation troops in Romania and Budapest.
At separate times in their lives, the Wurmbrands were arrested and sent to slave labor camps and prisons. Reunited in 1964, the couple eventually escaped Romania and testified before the U.S. Senate about the inhumane conditions of Communist prisons. The Wurmbrands spent the rest of their lives working with Voice of the Martyrs to assist the persecuted church around the world.
“Sabina” will release in theaters Nov. 8, 2021.
Aaron Wilson is a writer for Lifeway Christian Resources.
About Lifeway Christian Resources
In operation since 1891, Lifeway Christian Resources is one of the leading providers of Christian resources, including Bibles, books, Bible studies, worship music, VBS, and church supplies, as well as camps and events for all ages. Lifeway is the world’s largest provider of Spanish Bibles. Headquartered in Nashville, Tennessee, Lifeway receives no denominational funding and operates as a self-supporting nonprofit.