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Nov. 21, 2012 John David Ware 818-557-8507
The New Jesus Film?
168 Film Project Best Film to be translated into 12th language
(L-R) Actress Barbara Sanua and Producer Deborah Brown
with 168 Film Project awards from 2006
Producer and missionary, Deborah E. Brown's 2006 film "Cinque Minute" ("Five Minutes") is the story of a suicidal woman, who is about to jump from a bridge over the canals of Milan Italy, when a man claiming to be Jesus Christ asks for 5 minutes of her time.
"Cinque Minuti" was made for the 168 Film Project, an international speed film competition based on scripture. Brown won Best Film honors at the 168 Film Festival in 2006. "Cinque" has been viewed by over 1 million and translated into 11 languages (www.cinemaverita.com). Could this be the new Jesus Film?
"The Jesus Film" is a 1979 motion picture which depicts the life of Jesus Christ according one of the greatest evangelistic tools of all time. http://www.jesusfilm.org
"The Jesus Film" has a great head start, but with attention spans and screen sizes being what they are, is short film now the answer to evangelism for a media hungry world? How has this film been able to accomplish so much with nearly zero funds behind it?
According to 168 Founder and Director John David Ware, "It's because it is blessed by the Lord. Is the film flawed? Yes, but it's pure of heart and that is why it wins. I remember in 2006, when it was up against a technically superior and also excellent film starring the late, great Don LaFontaine."
"Cinque" won because it is magic. When "Jesus" shows the troubled woman a picture of her as a child, she reaches out to take it and he says no, because he keeps memories of all of His beloved children. It is a breathtaking cinematic moment of truth."
Brown said, "The film was global from the start. From Egypt, Sergio Mascheroni wrote and co-directed the film with Brown, using twenty volunteers from ten nations."
This latest translation will require coordination on three continents. In Italy, Brown and co-producer Alex Basana will send files to U.S. composer and missionary Guy Moon, who will perform audio sweetening. Moon will upload the project to Dhaba Wayessa for language translation at Sandscribe Communications in Ethiopia, Africa.
Originally, the film was to be completed in America, but in order to have the greatest impact overseas, translation will occur in Ethiopia, where common words and phrases will be chosen for greatest cross-dialect accessibility.
Producer Guy Moon recently traveled to Ethiopia with a missionary team to teach media techniques and to oversee the translation. The team included Derrick Warfel, Tommy Stork, Johnny Kuldeka, Natalie Oman, David Kiang and Alex Kiang.
"I'm excited to see where this translation takes the film. In Ethiopia and other parts of Africa, films in native languages that are well produced are scarce. I hope "Cinque" will touch people's hearts and minds across Africa and around the world," Moon said.
According to Brown, "The film has been translated to French, German, Russian, Polish, Hungarian, Croatian, Romanian, English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hebrew (11 languages) and the coming African translation. There have also been many unofficial language and dialect editions we have discovered over the years on the internet."
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