September 14, 2018
Christians can help this amazing and true story of faith spread to a world-wide audience. If this film enters into the US Box Office Top 10 over the weekend, it will receive global distribution.
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Story from USA Today:
The incredible tale of Louis Zamperini originally came to the screen in 2014 in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. The film chronicled the Olympic athlete’s long survival at sea on a raft after his bomber was shot down in World War II, and showed how he stayed alive, spirit intact, through the brutality of Japanese POW camps.
“The first film covered my dad’s life until the end of the war,” says son Luke Zamperini of Louis, who died in 2014 at age 97. “But that was far from the end of his incredible journey.”
A spiritual second chapter, Unbroken: Path to Redemption, delves into Zamperini’s personal struggles after his hero’s return to America, his embrace of Christianity and his ultimate act of absolution — traveling back to Japan to forgive the war camp guards who made his life a living hell.
Path to Redemption follows Louis (played by Chicago P.D.’s Samuel Hunt) to post-war Florida, where he starts to rebuild after meeting Cynthia (Merritt Patterson), who will become his wife. Zamperini grapples with what would today be diagnosed as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Spiraling into alcohol abuse, Zamperini flails through life and marriage until he chances upon evangelist Billy Graham’s revival tent in 1949. Graham is played by his grandson, pastor William Graham. “I don’t know if I’m the best actor,” Graham says. “But I am a preacher.”
The pivotal meeting starts a faith journey for Zamperini and a lifelong friendship with Graham.
“Hearing Billy Graham’s sermon, my father was reminded about promises made to God on the life raft and in the prison camp: that he would seek out and serve God should He get him home alive,” Luke Zamperini says. “When he got off his knees after saying the Sinner’s Prayer, he was done getting drunk and done fighting. And he had forgiven his prison guards.”
A year later, Zamperini makes the trip to Japan to forgive the guards face to face.
“With all that Louis endured physically in war — being lost at sea for 47 days, prison camps for two years — this movie highlights his most remarkable achievement,” Baer says. “That he was able to eventually forgive his captors.”
From the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association:
“Unbroken: Path to Redemption is a great opportunity to bring friends and family who don’t know Christ with you to see the Gospel revealed through a captivating story of amazing grace.”
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