What does Christianity’s explosive growth in Africa mean for the church and for the world? This documentary immerses the viewer in the daily lives of African believers and the overwhelming joy of African-Christian worship.
Christian communities in Africa have experienced exponential growth in recent years. The struggle of the African church to live out its faith carries myriad challenges as believers seek to follow God, honor the traditions of the people and bring the saving mercy of Christ to the people of this beautiful land.“African Christianity Rising” features stories from two communities in Ghana and Zimbabwe. Each offers an incredible glimpse into lives being lived out where faith often collides head on with a culture steeped in idol worship and animal sacrifice. The maker of this powerful documentary enters into the lives of the communities and returns several years later to find out what has happened since his original visit. The clash between culture and faith is never more evident than when one of the communities with a strong faith in Christ experiences illness and death in its midst. While they look to Christ, they also reach out to a wizened older woman, Madame Macatawa, who is brought in to rid the area of demon spirits. She seeks to do so through animal sacrifice, blood rubbed onto the faces of children and a ritualistic dance in the village. The message of the film can be summed up in a few words shared by one of the leaders in the church in Ghana when asked about his faith: “Religion is like your skin. You take it everywhere you go.” The challenge to live our lives with this same courage and resilience in the face of adversity is an unspoken message given to viewers of the film. We are pleased to approve this film for viewers ages 12 and above.