What a remarkable, well-acted relevant story! This movie about the persecution of Russian Christians who printed underground Bibles during the Soviet’s Communist reign is a quality production with a good story, solid acting, and scenes which will move the viewer. It is stated at the beginning that it is a fictional story based on real-life experiences of Christian believers in the Soviet Union during the days of Communist rule.
The KGB has to approve the sermons of Pastor Aleksandr, whose son Dmitri is in prison for being a rebel. Later when he is released he becomes a Christian and wants his father to publicly baptize him. However, Pastor Aleksandr has always been obedient to the KGB’s wishes and he knows he will lose his church if he follows through on his son’s request. He tells Dmitri that he will baptize him privately but Dmitri sadly leaves, determined to be baptized in the open and to help pass out the forbidden Bibles which are printed in an underground operation. When the kGB comes after Dmitri, it is then that Pastor Aleksandr decides he has seen enough of their persecution.
The film includes a few scenes of torture to the Christians and an accidental death as a Christian man flees the KGB, but it is not an over-the-top scene and we are pleased to award our Dove Seal to the film for ages twelve plus. Parents should consult the content listing below and may feel comfortable with their younger mature children viewing this film. This movie no doubt will urge Christian believers everywhere to appreciate the freedoms they enjoy. It is inspiring!