ZENITH

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Genre: Documentary

Audience: All ages REVIEWER: Dr. Ted
Baehr The documentary ZENITH
came to MOVIEGUIDE® by way of
one of our favorite Hollywood
directors, Michael Rhodes.
MOVIEGUIDE® found it
absolutely captivating. ZENITH
- population 30 - tells the
story of a tiny town withering
on the plains of Kansas.
Farmers are making per bushel
less than what they made in
the 1940s, but their costs
have increased a hundredfold.
Drugs, alcohol and escape to
the big city seem to be
destroying this community.
Then, one woman decides to
start a Bible study at the
local church and from that
Bible study comes a drive to
produce and perform in what is
known as the Great Plains
Passion Play. The documentary
ZENITH follows the people of
ZENITH and nearby Stafford as
they prepare to stage the
passion play and shows the
principals as they tell their
stories of destiny and
transformation. As our
director friend Michael Rhodes
has said, ZENITH is a "deep
and brilliant metaphor of
faith and life in our current
times." There is a very
lyrical quality to this
production. It pulls at the
heartstrings without becoming
maudlin. It keeps a very
studied pace that reveals deep
truths of the power of the
Gospel to transform lives. The
cinematography is incredible.
Shots of farms and the men and
women who live on them provide
wonderful insights into a
different and dying way of
life, but this is not a story
of despair. It is a story of
redemption and power of the
Gospel of Jesus Christ to
redeem lives. There is so much
love in this production, it is
hard to imagine that it
wouldn't transform all who
watch it - all who have eyes
to see and ears to hear.
ZENITH is one of the best
documentary movies of all
time. Please address your
comments to: Prairie Fire
Films 7971 Waring Avenue Los
Angeles, CA 90046 Phone:
1-800-6ZENITH Website:
(www.zeniththemovie.com

Rating: Not Rated

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Distributor: NBC Televison/Prairie Fire
Films CONTENT: (CCC, BBB)
Christian worldview; no foul
language; no violence; no sex;
no nudity; and, discussion of
drugs, alcohol, smoking, and
redemption.

Director: Kirsten Tretbar

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Content:

(CCC, BBB) Christian worldview; no foul language; no violence; no sex; no nudity; and, discussion of drugs, alcohol, smoking, and redemption.

GENRE: Documentary

CCC

BBB

Summary:

The documentary ZENITH tells the story of a tiny town dying on the plains of Kansas that finds transformation and redemption by producing and performing in what is known as the Great Plains Passion Play. As our director friend Michael Rhodes has said, ZENITH is a "deep and brilliant metaphor of faith and life in our current times."

Review:

The documentary ZENITH came to MOVIEGUIDE® by way of one of our favorite Hollywood directors, Michael Rhodes. MOVIEGUIDE® found it absolutely captivating.

ZENITH - population 30 - tells the story of a tiny town withering on the plains of Kansas. Farmers are making per bushel less than what they made in the 1940s, but their costs have increased a hundredfold. Drugs, alcohol and escape to the big city seem to be destroying this community. Then, one woman decides to start a Bible study at the local church and from that Bible study comes a drive to produce and perform in what is known as the Great Plains Passion Play. The documentary ZENITH follows the people of ZENITH and nearby Stafford as they prepare to stage the passion play and shows the principals as they tell their stories of destiny and transformation.

As our director friend Michael Rhodes has said, ZENITH is a "deep and brilliant metaphor of faith and life in our current times."

There is a very lyrical quality to this production. It pulls at the heartstrings without becoming maudlin. It keeps a very studied pace that reveals deep truths of the power of the Gospel to transform lives. The cinematography is incredible. Shots of farms and the men and women who live on them provide wonderful insights into a different and dying way of life, but this is not a story of despair. It is a story of redemption and power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to redeem lives.

There is so much love in this production, it is hard to imagine that it wouldn't transform all who watch it - all who have eyes to see and ears to hear. ZENITH is one of the best documentary movies of all time.

Please address your comments to:

Prairie Fire Films

7971 Waring Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90046

Phone: 1-800-6ZENITH

Website: (www.zeniththemovie.com

SUMMARY: The documentary ZENITH tells the story of a tiny town dying on the plains of Kansas that finds transformation and redemption by producing and performing in what is known as the Great Plains Passion Play. As our director friend Michael Rhodes has said, ZENITH is a "deep and brilliant metaphor of faith and life in our current times."

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