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Movie selection # 5

Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요) citizen of the Kingdom! Honor men but worship GOD, for the testimony of JESUS is the spirit of prophecy ( Revelation 19:10). Believe, stand up, challenge yourself, and get out of your comfort zone.

I don't watch Christian films exclusively, but I do watch films that edify me. Some films are commercially labeled "Christian" but unfortunately do not conform to the message and values of the Kingdom. I like films and series whose theme, message, script, and images teach me, encourage me, inspire me, and are in line with my values. At home, there's no shortage of DVDs. Personally and through my association Partage Ton Rhema, I regularly offer Christian filmography.

PUNCH (펀치)

❖ " The integrity of the upright will guide them,But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them." (Proverbs 11:3, NKJV)

Park Jung-hwan is an ambitious prosecutor. He is the head of the anti-corruption investigation team at the Supreme Prosecutors' Office in South Korea. To achieve his position, Park Jeong-hwan made several compromises. He was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor and told he had only six months to live. With the help of his ex-wife Shin Ha-kyung, he decides to reverse the process and use his influence for justice so that their daughter can grow up in a less corrupt world. Shin Ha-Kyung is an idealistic prosecutor who has never failed in her role. Opposing them are Lee Tae-joon and Lee Sang-young, Jung-hwan's two former bosses. Lee Tae-Joon is the public prosecutor with a reputation for unscrupulous morality and corruption. Lee Sang-young is the Minister of Justice, who preaches integrity, but in reality, is as unscrupulous as her enemy Lee Tae-joon.

Punch is a 57-episode South Korean secular series. There are many lessons to be learned from this series. If I had to sum them up in one sentence, I'd say "It is the blessing of the LORD that enriches, And he follows it with no sorrow" (Proverbs 10:22). I would add that the devil is loyal only to his interests, and to cover up a lie, you'll have to lie ten times over.


❖ " Deliver those who are drawn toward death, And hold back those stumbling to the slaughter.  If you say, “Surely we did not know this,” Does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds? (Proverbs 24:11-12, NKJV)

Judy L. Wood is a lawyer. She moves to California to be closer to her ex-husband, thus facilitating her son's relationship with his father. Her first case is that of Asefa, a young schoolteacher hunted by the Taliban in Afghanistan.

The right to asylum in the United States applies only to persecuted minorities, with the onus on the members of these minorities to prove the existence of real threats. As women are not a minority, they are not concerned as such.

Judy is going to take up Asefa Ashwari's case and plead her cause. At first instance, the hearing judge is convinced of the young woman's sincerity and the reality of the threat she faces but points out the reality of American law, which prohibits her from granting political asylum. On appeal, Asefa Ashwari obtained a favorable ruling. The ruling was the first step towards amending the American law on the persecution of women, enabling them to obtain protection and political asylum in the United States. The film is secular, and I don't know if Judy is Christian. She has quietly fought a battle whose victory has saved millions of lives. For me, the lesson is: that just because it's not publicized doesn't mean it's not important.


❖ " From afar, the LORD showed himself to me: "I love you with an everlasting love, therefore I preserve my kindness to you." I will restore you again, and you will be restored, young daughter of Israel! You will shine again with your tambourines and mingle with the dances of those who show their joy. " (Jeremiah 31:3-4, Segond 21)

BeautIfully Broken is a Christian film inspired by a true story. It's the story of three fathers (one American and two Rwandans) who fight to save their family, realizing along the way the need for forgiveness and the importance of reconciliation. The film reminds us that often, those through whom GOD wants to bless us, also need us.

The story begins with William Mwizerwa, a father fleeing the Rwandan genocide with his family. In a Kenyan refugee camp, William is told that he can participate in a program that will take him to the United States, where he can bring his family once he has established residency. William travels to the United States and meets Randy Hartley. Randy's daughter Andrea becomes increasingly rebellious. She confides in a sponsorship correspondent (via the NGO Compassion International), Umuhoza, whose family has also been affected by the Rwandan genocide. Randy and William are inspired by each other and end up setting up a center to help refugee families from war-torn countries.

🙂 I hope you enjoyed this selection. See you next time! Until then, be brave, kind and honest.

**Annyeonghaseyo (안녕하세요) = Good morning in Korean


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