In the heat of the horrible killings we've had to endure the past few weeks, I'm struggling with finding proper outlets for the emotions I feel. Really, any kind of violence isn't good. Racial hate needs to stop - period.
It brings to mind a film I watched several months ago, that I didn't get around to reviewing. Perhaps God was putting it on hold until today. Who knows.
Brother White, is an incredible film. It's made by the same guys who turned heads with God's Not Dead, and deals with racial tension and hate.
Check it out, and if it sounds interesting, do watch it. The message it provides is one we all need to hear right now, regardless of your religion.
~Directed By: Brian Herzlinger
~Genres: Comedy, Drama
This is a heartwarming fish out of water comedy about an associate pastor at a mega church in California who finds himself the pastor of a poor church in the worst neighborhood in Atlanta.
Clean film. One instance of a small fight - one man gets punched. It is a light scene, and isn't overly violent or gory.
Everyone goes through times where they are challenged in life. Many people, go through times where they are challenged because of the color of they skin they're born with. Brother White not only challenges the ideas that its' acceptable to stereotype based on color, but shows how to move past it, and change it.
In a refreshing take on racism, this film shows something that happens every day in the South, and is rarely talked about. African American characters are set as more of the aggressors to the Caucasian family, who's moved to town with hopes of keeping the local Church going. Satan wants God out of his neighborhood, and the White family is there to stop him. With God's love, hearts are changed, and bonds are formed between the unlikeliest people.
This is a powerful story, and gives a good look at reality. Having lived several years in the South and experienced racism for my fair skin, it was inspiring to see a family fight it with love, and help change the negativity around them.
We need more of that in our world. Skin color shouldn't matter, on either end. I applaud this film for taking that on in a realistic sense, showing simple humans, no one person more evil than the next - equal, in their actions and wrong-doings. More people need to see that the true enemy, is Satan, and hate. Those are worth fighting - not each other.
I'd recommend watching this, regardless of your religion. There is the underlying theme of Southern Baptist Christianity, but the message is universal - fight with love, not hate.
Give it a shot - it may change your life.
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