By Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST Ministries and ASSIST News Service
RIVERSIDE, CA (ANS – June 10, 2015) — Two Harvest Films productions have just won awards at an Italian film festival, proving once again that the gospel’s message of hope is universal. At the Sabaoth International Film Festival last week in Milan, Italy, Caught Inside was named Best Short Drama, while Hope for Hurting Hearts claimed the Best Documentary award. Both films were subtitled from English.
According to Harvest Films, the screening of these films and others set the tone for an unusual happening at a film festival’s opening day: an altar call. Liliana Oliveri, the Executive Director of the festival, said, “Sixteen people gave their lives to Jesus, which makes it worth all the effort and time. I bawled my eyes out as they came up (very Italian I know)! We all work as voluntary helpers in the festival, we have no funding of any sort, and our only objective is to reach people with the gospel message.”
Plans are being made for the festival to go “on tour” in churches throughout Italy, and Oliveri is also working with contacts in Brazil for the films to be subtitled in Portuguese and shown there.
Harvest Ministries plans to include the newly subtitled versions of Hope for Hurting Hearts as part of a free evangelistic movie night offer to churches who want to screen the film in those languages. It has already been dubbed into Spanish and Turkish and is available to congregations and small group of those languages at movienight.harvest.org.
More information about the Sabaoth International Film Festival can be found at www.sabaothfilmfestival.com/en/.
Photo captions: 1) Poster for the movie. 2) Greg Laurie with Dan Wooding.
About the writer: Dan Wooding, 74, is an award-winning journalist who was born in Nigeria of British missionary parents, now living in Southern California with his wife Norma, to whom he has been married for nearly 52 years. They have two sons, Andrew and Peter, and six grandchildren who all live in the UK. He is the author of 45 books and founder and international director of ASSIST (Aid to Special Saints in Strategic Times) and the ASSIST News Service (ANS). Dan hosts the weekly “Front Page Radio” show on the KWVE Radio Network in Southern California and which is also carried throughout the United States and around the world, and also “His Channel Live,” a TV show beamed to 192 countries.
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