Faith Of Our Fathers tells the stories of two generations of men, wrapped up in war, faith, and manhood. John Paul (Kevin Downes) and Wayne (David A.R. White) long to discover who they are and embrace their purpose, but their fathers are missing from their lives. When the two men are forced to confront their fathers' legacies via a stack of old letters from Vietnam, they set off on a cross country journey to the Vietnam Wall. In the process, they learn what it means to be human, to be loved, and to be men of faith.
Separated by twenty-five years, the two sets of men discuss their fears, aspirations, and faith (or lack thereof), while wrestling with what it means to be men and fathers. This exploration leads them to relate the love of God the Father to the love of earthly fathers, and to figure out how they are called to live because of that love. This love changes how they understand their own purpose and their relationships, setting off a pattern of change that envelopes their lives.
Special features on the DVD include several behind-the-scenes interviews with Downes, White, Si Robertson of Duck Dynasty, and producer Bobby Downes (the owner of ChristianCinema.com). The special features emphasize the powerful relationships between fathers and sons in "The Heart of Faith of Our Fathers” and “Honoring Father’s Day" as these men reflect on their relationships with their fathers (and their sons). Robertson’s awareness of Vietnam’s effects add a special understanding of the war and those who were lost in his interview, and Stephen Baldwin adds his own perspective of what the film was able to accomplish.
Fans of the film will be interested in the interviews with Kevin Downes and David A.R. White here at ChristianCinema.com. [For a full review of the story, click here.] Few films produce such a powerful blend of emotions and responses as this one, blending the articulation of the Christian faith with the realities of war and growing up. While these characters wrestle with these things in the film, they are real-life situations that many people are struggling with today. Maybe watching this film, and having a conversation about responsibility in fatherhood, will be the beginning of real change that leads to healing and growth for someone you know.