Friday, April 15, 2011

The Grandfathers

This is a great film. Following up from the EGM documentary and feature film, Beyond the Gates of Splendor and End of the Spear, this documentary focuses on the grandson of Nate Saint, Steve Saint’s son, Jesse Saint. Jesse spends some time in the Waodani village and befriends his father’s murderers. Overcoming the language barrier, they connect deeply. The Waodani have changed very suddenly, and it is apparent they are brothers in Christ.

I enjoyed this documentary a lot, from the great graphics to the original footage. Many stories were told about Mincaye, Jesse, and other Waodani, some humorous, some sobering. In a previous review of an EGM (Ethno-Graphic Media) film, I commented that the music was often loud and distracting. In the beginning of this documentary, the music was loud, but very shortly dimmed down and I could easily comprehend everything happening, while still enjoying the background tunes.

I did have one scare concerning the movie, though. When I slid the disc in, the menu appeared as that of the Little Town of Bethlehem movie’s menu. I was startled, thinking that the wrong movie may have been put on the disc. However, when I played it, it played the correct movie. Later, I went back and repeated what I had done, and there was no sign of the false menu. It was unusual.

If you haven’t watched any of the three movies by EGM, be sure to watch either of the previous two first.

This documentary was provided free by TBB Media. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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