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Beyond the Gates of Splendor
Based on the amazing true story that inspired Elisabeth Elliot's best-seller "Through Gates of Splendor."
In 1956, five American missionaries to Ecuador were brutally speared to death by a savage Stone Age tribe of Indians known as the Aucas. Two years later, the wife and sister of two of the murdered missionaries walked into the jungle to live with the same people who had murdered the men they loved. Today, the Aucas (now known as the Waodani) are changed people. This is their story.
This feature-length documentary film combines interviews with character storytelling to carry the audience from the early 1950s to the present day and from the Stone Age to the 21st century, across two continents and three languages.
The story begins in the Eastern Amazon Basin with interviews of the actual Waodani Indians who had speared five missionaries to death in 1956, a story made famous in Life Magazine. The Waodani were known at the time as Aucas and were the most violent society ever documented. 6 of every 10 deaths of Waodani adults were homicides.
Two years after Elisabeth Elliot, the wife of one of the murdered men and Rachel Saint, the sister of another, went to live with the Waodani tribe, the homicide rate dropped over 90%.
Years later, Steve Saint, the son of one of the missionaries who was killed, moved his family from Florida to live with the tribe. His children now call one of the elders in the tribe "grandfather," even though he is the same man who killed their real grandfather.
This is an amazing story about how love can truly transform any situation and how faith makes family out of the most unlikely people.
Special Features:Abridged version of this documentary
Theatrical Trailer: "End of the Spear"
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Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – James B, 02/08/2014
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Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – James R, 03/31/2013
Very well made documentary. Truly sad what goes on, but shows how the Lord can turn a negative into a positive!
Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – Richard and Linda D, 10/21/2012
Beyond the Gates of Splendor highlights the fascinating field of visual anthropology, following in the footsteps of Nanook of the North (Robert J. Flaherty), The Yali Story (Dianne Becker), and Dead Birds (Robert Gardner). Beyond the Gates of Splendor (Jim Hanon) is more a documentary about the Waodani, than a study in visual anthropology. All four of these films are highly recommended, but our special emphasis is upon the Waodani people, who have been given the Gospel, with tremendous acceptance of the saving grace of Jesus. While all four of the noted films are not available at ChristianCinema, The Yali Story and Beyond the Gates of Splendor are, with both given our highest rating of *****. Enjoy!
Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – Alex M, 09/03/2011
I just can say; "WOW". This documentary impacted my life. I guarantee you that your are going to see the life with a different point of view after watching this documentary. God bless everybody.
Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – Nathan and Laurice H, 02/19/2010
I suggest watching this after End of the Spear. It's a very inspiring movie.
Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – Janice B, 04/15/2009
This is a follow-up to End of the Spear, a missionary story where 5 men were killed by violent uncivilized natives. This movie tells what happened after their deaths and how their wives and children carried on in their missionary efforts and reached many in the native tribe.
Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – Hans B, 11/12/2007
This is an awesome documentary! It brings the story of the 5 missionaries killed by the Auca indians really to life! Great to see the testimonies of the party involved in the killings. Inspiring!
Beyond the Gates of Splendor - DVD – Kirby N, 02/12/2006
This documentary was captivating and inspiring! It is amazing what missionaries are doing throughout the world. This DVD brings you up close to what some of these missionaries are up against. This will challenge you to share the Gospel of Christ to those around you. If you have a Bible study at your home I would recommend putting one study aside and watch this film with your group.
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