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Beyond the Gates of Splendor: A True Story

By Jim Hanon (Director), Kevin McAfee (Producer) & Steve Saint (Actor)
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Documents the story of five missionary families who went to the Amazon basin in 1956 to live with the Huao, an extremely violent South American tribe. Narrated by the son of one of the missionaries killed by the tribe.
Genre: Feature Film-Drama
Rating: PG13
Release Date: 4-OCT-2005
Media Type: DVD

While the primary lesson of Beyond the Gates of Splendor is about the power of Christian love, this extraordinary documentary transcends its missionary message with a universal tale of cultural exchange, murder, and the ultimate act of forgiveness. After establishing that the Waodani Indians in the Amazon basin of Ecuador had endured several generations of violent homicide among tribal neighbors, the film's central story begins to unfold: As American missionaries discover the Waodani in the mid-1950s, their Christian outreach goes smoothly until 1956, when lies and misunderstandings lead to the spear-killing of five of the missionary men whose wives and children--including narrator Steve Saint (whose father was among those killed)--responded to tragedy by living peacefully among the Waodani over the decades that followed. Through home-movie footage, photographs, and eyewitness accounts by American and Waodani alike, this incredible-but-true story of love and understanding unfolds with considerable power, urging the viewer to consider the meaning of this remarkable example of unified humanity. Is the missionary impulse a pure and beneficial one? Are the Waodani best left alone and ignorant of the wide world beyond their village? With deep tragedy, rich humor, and an overwhelming sense of compassion, writer/director Jim Hanon ponders these and other questions, hampered only by an overbearing score (by Ronald Owen) that's lushly beautiful at best, but too often maudlin, manipulative, and shamelessly heavy-handed. It's likely that Christian viewers will be most deeply affected by the film's thematic parallels to the lessons of Christ, but anyone with an ounce of compassion will be similarly moved and astonished. Not surprisingly, Hanon later dramatized the factual events of Beyond the Gates of Splendor in his 2006 feature film The End of the Spear. --Jeff Shannon

(Rated PG-13; contains some violence and native nudity.) Contains abridged version. Approx. 96 minutes.

Special Features:
- Region Coded 1, NTSC
- Close Captioned
- English & Spanish Subtitles
- Fullscreen

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Actors: Fox Faith, Carmela, Dawa, Dayumae, Frank Drown
Directors: Jim Hanon
Producers: Bill Ewing, Ginny Saint, Heather Olive, Kevin McAfee, Mart Green
Format: Full Screen,   Dubbed,   Subtitled,   Closed-captioned,   Color,   DVD,   Abridged,   NTSC
Language: English,   English
Subtitles: English,   Spanish
Region Code: 1  (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Running Time: 96.00 minutes
Record Label   20th Century Fox
Format   Full Screen / Dubbed / Subtitled / Clos
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.58" Width: 5.32" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Oct 4, 2005
Publisher   WORD ACCT# W41160193
ISBN  5558904348  
ISBN13  9785558904345  
UPC  024543203728  

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A most secularized account of the lives of several 20th century missionaries  Mar 28, 2007
This was a most disappointing purchase. I know the historical account of the missionaries who went to Ecuador to reach out to the Waodani. This documentary gave a very, very secular account of what happened.

Gone from the documentary are any mentions of the name of the Lord Jesus Christ (how can you have this possible in a documentary about how the Lord changed the lives of an entire tribe?). There is a tremendous gaping hole in what were the motivations of Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, and the other missionaries in going to Ecuador. There is absolutely nothing about their love for the Lord Jesus Christ and their desire to spread the gospel to an unreached people.

The gospel is not even mentioned through the documentary. At one point, the anthropologist interviewed mentions that the Waodani changed from their warring lifestyle because they were given 'new information' from the missionaries. What was this 'new information?' The documentary completely fails to mention that this was none other than the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the entire tribe changed because they all got saved!

My 90+ minute DVD says it is an abridged version. Maybe this version somehow cut out all the references to the gospel and the Lord Jesus. I don't know.

In summary, this documentary completely fails to give God the glory He deserves.

Great background info on End of the Spear  Mar 18, 2007
If you want to know the story behind the movie, End of the Spear, watch this.
never received  Mar 9, 2007
I never received this product. Ordered over a month ago, I still haven't received it!
WOW! isn't enough!  Mar 9, 2007
You just can't deny the power behind this great book! Once you pick it up, you won't put it down. Steve is a strong man, along with the rest of his family. I thank God that he has dedicated his life to continuing the spreading of the gospel to all the tribes in South America.
Fills in what End of the Spear leaves out  Jan 18, 2007
While this film wasn't up to the quality of End of the Spear, it does give you a much greater insight into the missionary mindset and life style. A great companion to End of the Spear.

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