Based on a true story, “Under Jakob’s Ladder” takes place in the Soviet Union during 1938. Jakob (played by British actor Jeff Stewart), a former teacher who lost his job due to the new Communist system, can only stand by and watch as the world around him slowly disintegrates, with fear and suspicion ruling the day. Like most of the men in his village, he soon finds himself in a Soviet prison. But it is there that he discovers that the freedom he craves might actually be found within the walls of his cell.
This is a movie which focuses on faith. Based in 1938 in the Soviet Union, Jakob (Jeff Stewart) is a former teacher who loses his job and winds up in prison for his faith. He is physically and verbally abused for his belief in God. Several prisoners come up with a plan as they remember Jakob’s ladder in the Bible and decide to use this idea in a unique way to escape prison.
The themes include perseverance, keeping one’s faith during trials, and family devotion. The story is a bit depressing at times but shows what one man can do and the difference he can make by keeping his faith. We are happy to award our Dove Seal for ages twelve plus to this DVD.