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Beyond the Gates of Splendor [VHS]

By Steve Saint (Actor), Carmela (Actor), Dawa (Actor), Dayumae (Actor), Frank Drown (Actor) & Jim Hanon (Director)
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Record Label   Tcfhe
Format   NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.32" Width: 4.19" Height: 1.12"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  VHS Video
Publisher   Word Entertainment
ISBN  4901008846  
EAN  0024543203780  
UPC  024543203780  

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While the primary lesson of Beyond the Gates of Splendor is about the power of Christian love, this extraordinary documentary transcends its missionary message with a universal tale of cultural exchange, murder, and the ultimate act of forgiveness. After establishing that the Waodani Indians in the Amazon basin of Ecuador had endured several generations of violent homicide among tribal neighbors, the film's central story begins to unfold: As American missionaries discover the Waodani in the mid-1950s, their Christian outreach goes smoothly until 1956, when lies and misunderstandings lead to the spear-killing of five of the missionary men whose wives and children--including narrator Steve Saint (whose father was among those killed)--responded to tragedy by living peacefully among the Waodani over the decades that followed. Through home-movie footage, photographs, and eyewitness accounts by American and Waodani alike, this incredible-but-true story of love and understanding unfolds with considerable power, urging the viewer to consider the meaning of this remarkable example of unified humanity. Is the missionary impulse a pure and beneficial one? Are the Waodani best left alone and ignorant of the wide world beyond their village? With deep tragedy, rich humor, and an overwhelming sense of compassion, writer/director Jim Hanon ponders these and other questions, hampered only by an overbearing score (by Ronald Owen) that's lushly beautiful at best, but too often maudlin, manipulative, and shamelessly heavy-handed. It's likely that Christian viewers will be most deeply affected by the film's thematic parallels to the lessons of Christ, but anyone with an ounce of compassion will be similarly moved and astonished. Not surprisingly, Hanon later dramatized the factual events of Beyond the Gates of Splendor in his 2006 feature film The End of the Spear. --Jeff Shannon

"Beyond the Gates" is a feature length documentary film experience about the Waodani Indians and the missionary men and women who have given their lives to reach them. This powerful emotional journey begins with the Waodani describing their way of life before the missionaries visited them in 1956. Narrated by the son of one of the missionaries and each of the wives of the men who died, the audience takes a nostalgic trip back in time to see how the men and women came to meet up with each other in Ecuador. An inspiring story of forgiveness and love.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Saint was born and raised in South America. He has been a businessman, missionary, pilot, builder, designer, Certified Financial Planner, speaker, and writer. He is the son of a missionary martyr and has become "family" to the tribe who killed his father.

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Moving Documentary -- A Must See!  Nov 26, 2005
I've read the book Jungle Pilot, about Nate Saint, so I was anxious to see this movie. It surpassed my expectations! What a wonderful documentary! You can't see it without seeing the power of God to change people's hearts and lives. Everyone should see this movie!
Splinded Spinded Splinded  Nov 14, 2005
This is really a great movie. It's rare when a genuinely inspiring, authentically spiritual true story breaks into the secular market place. BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR (Fox) is a critically acclaimed, word of mouth hit about the unexpected relationships families of murdered missionaries have with the native killers.

It is about nothing less than sacrifice and redemption.

This artistic, feature-length documentary story is set among the Ecuadorian Waodani Indians and the missionary men and women who gave their lives to reach them.

In late 1956, around this time of year, the Los Angeles Times featured headlines that said: "SAVAGES KILL FIVE MISSIONARIES." It was a big, brutal story that jolted the hearts of readers safely ensconced in the Eisenhower era.

Please watch it ... u'll love it.
Outstanding Documentary About A Group Of Missionaries And The Indigenous Tribe They Encountered   Nov 13, 2005
"Beyond the Gates Of Splendor" is the incredible story of five missionary families who go to Ecuador in the 1950's. Their mission suffers a tremendous tragedy when four of the men decide to attempt to make contact with the Waodani tribe, a culture considered to be among the most violent in the world according to anthropologists. Three Waodanis come out to meet the men and the two groups interact with pleasure and curiousity. But when two of the tribal members, lovers whose relationship is opposed by the tribe, return they make up a story about being attacked by the "foreigners" in order to explain why they had gone off without their escort. The tribe then proceeds to attack and kill the four missionaries waiting by the river. Of course, their families are shattered by this tragedy. But, later on, two of the female missionaries return to Ecuador along with their children. They eventually befriend several of the Waodani women who had left the jungle and finally ended up going back to live with the Waodanis in their rainforest home for several years.

By the way, I am an atheist who feels that some missionary work can, in fact, have a largely negative impact on the indigenous peoples they are trying to convert. But even I was moved by the the sense of dedication and forgiveness shown by these women when they went to live with the same Waodanis who had murdered their husbands. But, even more so, I was interested in this movie from an anthropological point of view. It was fascinating to hear the comments of the anthropologists who had gone from working with one of the world's most peaceful tribes in Malaysia to now studying one of the most violent in the Waodanis. It also showed how much all human beings ultimately have in common, as the Waodanis interviewed were generally shown to be intelligent, sensitive people who had formed close friendships with the missionaries and their children despite the fact that the two cultures were so extremely different. It was also inspiring to see how, within a generation, the Waodanis had changed from being an extraordinarily violent society, based on blood feuds and vendettas, to an apparently peaceful one. They were even learning to use advanced technology, including one guy who had learned to fly and repair a small airpane which he used to transport his fellow Waodanis to a town with a hospital. I especially liked when the film showed the Waodanis watching old footage from World War II. The Waodanis considered the bomber pilots to be the worst type of "savages" because they were killing people that they didn't even know. In other words, don't get too self-righteous about our "advanced civilization" because even one of the world's most violent tribes is appalled by the methods of modern warfare.

Beyond the incredible story, this is also a well made and beautifully shot documentary which kept me intensely absorded the entire time. My wife, a latina who grew up in Ecuador, was also captived. She said, during her childhood, the Waodanis had a reputation among all Ecuadorians as an especially violent and aggressive people. In fact, one of her sisters, who was considered to have a bad temper, was nicknamed "Auca" (another name for the Waodanis) and the family would make fun of her by imitating Waodani dances when she would get mad. They even had a fake spear made up for her as a joke.

I would recommend this movie to anyone, but especially those interested in indigenous societies and the vast potentialites of human nature and human culture.
Beyond the gates of Splendor-Awesome  Nov 10, 2005
Words can't describe the power of this documentary. It should be shown to every missionary, every pastor, oh man every Christian should see this.
At the end of World War II, as oil hungry companies try to move into the jungles of Ecuador, one isolated tribe, the Waodani, tries to hold them at bay with only spears, and many lives are lost on both sides. At the same time, the tribe is killing each other off at an alarming rate because of unchecked anger and a lawless culture that settles its differences at the end of a spear. Into this primitive society come five young missionary men determined to convert the people to Christianity. It's the ultimate test of courage and faith. Even though it seems they are making progress in their contact with the people, in 1956 they are speared to death as the result of a tribal feud. The men have guns, but refuse to use them, reasoning that they were prepared for Heaven but the Waodanis were not.

Now the wives of the slain men must decide what to do. Two of them - Elisabet, wife of Jim Elliot, and Rachel, wife of Nate Saint - determine to pick up where their husbands left off, believing the tribe will treat women differently. They contact two women who have fled the tribe, and with their help move their children and belongings into one of the villages. There they teach them the Bible - God's carvings - and eventually befriend the very men who killed their husbands. The people repent of their life of unchecked killing and decide to follow Christ, causing their homicide rate to drop 90%. One of the tribesmen - the one who led the 1956 attack on the five missionary men - becomes a grandfather figure to one of the missionary children, whom he helps raise; and one of the missionary daughters, when she is baptized, insists on having the ceremony take place in the river where her father was killed and between two of the men who killed him.

This is an endearing documentary of the power of forgiveness and how the love of Christ can transform a people. Director Jim Hanon, who also wrote the screenplay, did a superb job marrying still shots, actual home movies from the time, vintage film clips, new footage and dramatizations into a coherent whole. He based his script on the best-selling book, Through the Gates of Splendor, by Elisabet Elliot. One may ask the question, "Why did those men have to die?" But I believe the film shows that they were the seeds that brought forth the harvest of an entire people, and gave witness to the world that there is something more precious than one's own life. Their story will appear again as a feature film in January, 2006 called End of the Spear.

Just a note: I got to hear composer Ron Owen - who wrote the music for this film, as well as that of End of the Spear - speak at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival this year, and to speak with him briefly. He is a self-effacing man with a heart for God and outstanding musical ability. The score for End of the Spear is wonderful, as I believe the film will be. I love the hearts of those five men and their families, who sacrificed everything for a people they didn't even know; as well as the hearts of these filmmakers. Please pray for them, and that God will raise up others like them.

Waitsel Smith

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