‘This is Us’ Chrissy Metz Stars in Upcoming Faith-Based Film

Miracles still happen. That is the message of the faith-based film, Breakthrough starring This is Us’ Chrissy Metz. Based on Joyce Smith’s book, The Impossible: The Miraculous Story of a Mother's Faith and Her Child's Resurrection, Breakthrough tells the true story of an event that happened just four years ago.

Metz plays Smith whose 14-year-old son falls through the ice of a Missouri lake. He was trapped under water for 15 minutes and even after he was rescued, he had no pulse for 43 minutes. All seemed lost and Smith was told to come in and say her goodbyes to her son as there was no hope for the boy. But Smith refused to give up and continued to pray for her son’s complete recovery, even in the face of every case history and scientific prediction. Not only did her son come back to life, but he is alive today telling his story.

Directed by Roxann Dawson and produced by DeVon Franklin (Miracles from Heaven), Breakthrough also stars Josh Lucas, Topher Grace, Mike Colter…

Award-Winning Documentary, 'Mother India' will Challenge You

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Tomorrow, the rest of the world will be able to experience what I did by watching the new documentary, “Mother India: Life through theEyes of the Orphan,” winner of “Best Short Documentary” at the 2012 San Diego Christian Film Festival. At just 47 minutes, it isn’t a hard film to get through, but it is hard to watch at times. The project is a labor of love from the filmmakers, David Trotter, Shawn Scheinoha and Noah Lamberth. Together, they traveled to Tenali, India in hopes of finding orphan children along the railway. Without a firm plan in place, they immediately found 25 abandoned children living together as a family with no real home. They are just a fraction of the 31 million orphans living in India despite the fact that India has been growing in wealth.

Trotter, (who is a writer, speaker and new filmmaker) Scheinoha (an entrepreneur in communications) and Lamberth (a cinematographer) wanted to tell the story of these orphans from their point of view. Narrated by Grammy Award-winning Christian singer, Rebecca St. James (who proves that she just might have found a new career to fall back on should she need it), viewers will see where these children live, what they eat, where they sleep and how they manage to keep smiles on their faces while they try to survive. Some of their stories are difficult to listen to. Some are missing limbs, some come from homes where they were beaten, and many struggle with “bad habits” like smoking, huffing “white out” and injecting unknown drugs into their bodies to make the pain go away. Some have HIV.

As depressing as that is, the story has a happy ending. The filmmakers couldn’t just leave Tenali without doing something. By the end, you’ll see lives changed for the better through the native ministry, Harvest India. While this is a faith-based project, the doesn’t preach to the choir. In fact, it isn’t preachy at all. It speaks to everyone who has a heart and provides a solution on how others can help reverse the damage that has been done. This film will inspire you and has the potential to change the world for many of these kids.

"Mother India" is distributed by Word Films. Copies of “Mother India” can be purchased at Amazon and you can view the trailer for the film below.

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