Occasionally, you see a movie that leaves you speechless. It may be the cinematography or the acting or the screenplay or the directing.
Or perhaps it’s the message.
I’ve had the opportunity while living here to see several movie premiers — early screenings, where they give free tickets to a weeknight showing of a movie, months ahead of release. After the movie they talk to you a bit and ask for feedback, answer your questions, and have you fill out a survey. Then they send you out, armed with promotional materials, in hopes that the audience will now become a little army of promoters, encouraging friends to see the movie when it comes out in theatres. They urge you to use social media, to blog about it, to spread the word.
That happened tonight. And so perhaps it seems that I’m dutifully following orders — coming to the blog to tell you all to go to the theatre in March to see the movie I saw tonight.
But that’s not why I’m here. I may have gotten a free movie ticket, I may have received a free t-shirt, and the lead actor of the movie may have sat in the seat in front of me. But I’m not blogging about this movie because of that, nor because I got a rah-rah spiel afterwards about the power of social media and the importance of grassroots promotion of independent movies.
I’m here to tell you to see this movie because it’s one of the most powerful movies I’ve seen in a long time. It may not have the budget of James Cameron or have Academy Award-winning actors. But it has the power to change lives. (Although I do have to say- of all the low-budget Christian films I’ve seen, this was by far the best quality-wise as well. You usually have to just accept that Christian films are going to have some cringe-worthy actors. Not so with this.)
The movie is OctoberBaby, and I have to admit… at first I wasn’t quite sure of it, with a name like that. But it was a free movie and it looked better than some of the Hallmark movies I’ve seen, so I was looking forward to it.
I don’t know what to really say about it, because I don’t want to ruin anything. There are several behind-the-scenes clips and interviews on YouTube, but I’m not sure I would recommend watching them before the movie. I think the movie is powerful as it unfolds.
I can tell you the basic story, because that’s apparent in the trailer below. At age 19, Hannah finds out that she’s adopted. She was adopted by her parents after her birth mother tried to abort her.
This movie tackles head-on the issue of abortion — but not, as the director pointed out — by referring to something unseen. The issue is confronted by someone who must deal with the fact that she was unwanted. The notion of an “abortion survivor” is not an oxymoron — google abortion survivor and read the stories. These people are out there — and it’s time to listen to them.
The message of this movie was loud and clear — abortion touches us all. It’s not just something the mother suffers through. Nor is it something that happens in some other city, to some other family, to some other person. At the current rate, 1 in 4 women will have an abortion by the age of 30. 3 in 10 will have an abortion by the age of 45. [Statistics courtesy of Guttmacher Institute]
Silently, the world is suffering from abortion. It’s time to reach out and help. It’s time to tell people they’re forgiven, that healing is possible, and that abortion is not an inevitable part of our society. (http://hopeafterabortion.com/)
In March, go see this movie. You won’t regret it.