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Erica Galindo
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Last edited on: March 16, 2018.

Captivating family documentaries enrich theater experience and thankfully, today we continue to see on the big screens, expanding, enriching, enlightening new Renaissance of artistry. In addition, there is heightened, multi-dimensional appeal of excellence in cinematography and the growing Reformation of content with its appeal to universal absolute moral values. It is wonderful today with the ever-expanding technology to have access to the best of artistic events, performers, and directors on big screens.  At minimal costs, individuals and families can enjoy entertainment that also educates and edifies on big screens. The modern Renaissance or artistry and Reformation of content for the big screen continues to uplift human spirits around the world.

Wonderfully, this mid-March three compelling, captivating redemptive documentaries for all ages come to theaters: The Riot and the Dance, March 19; Kirk Cameron: CONNECT, March 20 and 24; and Summer in the Forest, March 23.

With spectacular cinematography, The Riot and the Dance is a cinematic celebration of creation. It is a boisterous new nature documentary featuring a biologist Dr. Gordon Wilson, as he traverses our planet, basking in God’s masterpieces. It comes to select theaters March 19 for one night only.

Showstopping footage and powerful narration opens eyes of viewers to the extraordinary glory found all over the animal kingdom that include leopards and langurs, vipers and elephants, and much more. To see the trailer and for more information, see Fathom Events.

Encore showings of Kirk Cameron: CONNECT, come to select theaters on March 20th and 24th, to continue to tackle a serious challenge for youth and families today. Today our children and grandchildren are more vulnerable to the dangerous pressures of peers and the evils of the world than ever by a device that most of them carry in their pockets and handle daily- their smartphones. Kirk Cameron agrees that these dangers are real but also assures parents by his research and interviews with experts that parents’ relationships are key protections and safety nets.

Due to overwhelming fan demand, Fathom Events, CAMFAM Studios and Provident Films present KIRK CAMERON: CONNECT, returning exclusively to cinemas nationwide for two nights only on Tuesday, March 20th, and Saturday, March 24th at 7:00 p.m. local time (both days). The first two screening dates both ranked in the top 10 at the box office, with sold-out locations across the country.

This timely, valuable movie documentary deals with the critical importance of vital, positive, healthy relationships for young people and their parents in the online age of smartphones and social media. This documentary provides encouragement for parents and kids amidst the distractions and lures of social media and online predators.

In our social media-centered world, the smart phone has become integral part of our kids’ lives, ever luring them into various kinds of danger. How can parents and grandparents today guide and equip their kids to survive and thrive in an ever-changing and increasingly dangerous digital environment?

Kirk Cameron takes seriously the impact of smartphones on kids when child development experts find links between the use of electronic devices and negative effects on concentration, emotional health, sleep, empathy, and more. He faces the challenge of smartphones with his six kids and helps others to do the same. He goes to experts and then shares what he has learned that will enlighten, challenge, and encourage parents. His goal is to strengthen families. For parents committed to rearing their kids to make a positive impact in our world, CONNECT provides real help for parenting kids in a social media world. To see the trailer and for more information, see Fathom Events.

Finally, the surprising and sweet documentary Summer in the Forest comes to select theaters on March 23rd. It is about beautiful service to the mentally disabled. Like many others, Philippe, Michel, Andre and Patrick were cruelly labeled ‘idiots’, locked away, and forgotten in violent asylums. However, in the 1960s, a young philosopher Jean Vanier took a stand and secured their release to beat an historic, ineffective system.

Together those he released created L’Arche, a commune at the edge of a beautiful forest near Paris. Now in his 80s, still at L’Arche and revered by some as a living saint, Jean has discovered something what many have forgotten what it is to be human, to be child-like, and  and to be happy with simple connections.

In the ancient forest, Philippe, Patrick, Jean and the others welcome viewers into their lives. What we see is sweet and surprising: Michel reveals his war-torn past, Andre is desperate for a date, and young David will prove himself a hero in the fight against the forces of evil. For more information and to see the trailer, go to Summer in the Forest.

Today’s redemptive movies are authentic, honest, and believable; but they entertain with stories that are also edifying, enlightening, and/or educational that reinforce universal ideas of unconditional love and absolute moral values.  We can see them as documentaries or dramas that are often based on or inspired by true events. Best practice redemptive movies also include the best of artistry cinematography, directing, acting and more.

For the Christian, the ultimate Redemption has been Christ’s redemption of mankind through the cross and redemptive media lines up with this reality, Biblical Truth, and the beauty of creation.




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