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Let the Church Say Amen
Let the Church Say Amen
Director: David Petersen (II)
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
NR     2005     1hr 30min

Over the course of a year, Let the Church Say Amen chronicles the daily life surrounding World Missions for Christ Church in the Bloomingdale neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Like many urban communities that haven't benefi...  more »


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Director: David Petersen (II)
Genres: Special Interests, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Religion
Studio: Film Movement
Format: DVD - Color
DVD Release Date: 04/19/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 1hr 30min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Absolutely lifechanging
Jo Ann Winingar | mabelvale, ar United States | 03/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am a somewhat cynical person; however, after seeing this film I was absolutely blown away. It affirms what I have known for years, but some had forgotten, that the best way to serve God is to serve your fellow man. Watching the devotion to others and to God that the people in this film exhibit under very trying circumstances has caused me to recommit myself to the cause. I highly recommend this film to those who, like myself, heartily dislike the standard vanilla "Christian" fare usually presented in the mainstream, but still would like to be able to view inspirational type films that relate this strongly to the real world. The joy that these people exhibit in worship and in daily life, set against the backdrop of addicts, gangs, and urban decay, makes me ashamed that I've not been more thankfull for where I am, and how little I've given back. If I could, i would give it 10 stars....
Kirstin Miller | Iowa | 01/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I'll echo exactly what the previous 2 reviewers wrote, this film is amazing, unbelievable, almost beyond words. Here is a church, probably minutes away from our White House and our Congress (these who are supposed to be taking care of their neighborhood, which would be the whole, United States.) Anyway,

The church is filled with people who support each other, and improve their neighborhood with knowledge, job training, peaceful demonstrations, free healthcare, and much more. The church seems to me, to be exactly what a church is meant to be."
Fantastic movie about faith in real life!
Constance Clark | Evanston, WY USA | 01/26/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this film at Sundance two years ago and desperately wanted a copy of it right away. I am delighted to have found it now on Amazon. It is not only a riveting portrait of faith lived out in the context of very difficult situations, it is also an important corrective to the treacly, mass-marketed, individualistic piety that dominates much of what is labeled "Christian" nowadays. I wept through much of it, but they were good tears -- tears of joy."
Urban sainthood
Daniel B. Clendenin | | 06/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In this documentary director David Peterson takes us to World Mission for Christ Church International, a tiny black Pentecostal storefront church a few blocks from the nation's capitol. I think I counted four pews in the sanctuary. But the thirty or so parishioners have followed the advice of a sign on the wall: "keep the fire burning." They take up offerings for each other to fix a car, and pass out free food and clothing to the neighborhood. The film follows the stories of three people in particular. Darlene is a single mother raising eight kids and studying at night to become a nursing assistant. David works in the church's homeless shelter and wants to buy a house. Ceodtis, "Big C," is a street singer who wants to cut his first gospel CD with his ten-year old son, and who wants to find out who murdered his son. You'll have to watch the film to learn their fates. The dignity, resilience and joy of these urban saints reminded me of Hebrews 11:38, "people of whom the world is not worthy." Director Peterson never prompts his subjects, and there is no narrative voice over; he simply lets these people tell their own stories in their own words. It is a story worth seeing."