SENNA

Racing for Christ

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Release Date: August 12, 2011

Starring: Ayrton Senna

Genre: Documentary

Audience: Older children to adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 106 minutes

Distributor: Producers Distribution Agency

Director: Asif Kapadia

Executive Producer: Liza Chasin, Debra Hayward,
Kevin Macdonald, Manish Pandey

Producer: Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, James
Gay-Rees

Writer: Manish Pandey

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Producers Distribution Agency
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New York, NY 10001

Content:

(BB, CC, L, V, M) Strong moral worldview about a real-life race car driver, who was a very strong Roman Catholic; one “f” word and another driver mocks title character’s Christian faith; newsreel footage of several car crash scenes; no sex; no nudity; and mockery and ridicule.

Summary:

SENNA is a documentary about perhaps the greatest Formula One race-car driver ever, Ayrton Senna of Brazil. The movie actually winds up being as much about Senna’s Roman Catholic faith and devotion to Christianity as it is about the sport, with only brief foul language and some car crash footage requiring caution.

Review:

SENNA is a documentary about perhaps the greatest Formula One race-car driver ever, Ayrton Senna of Brazil, but actually winds up being as much about his faith and devotion to Catholic Christianity as it is about the sport.

Through extensive archival footage, the movie shows Senna’s incredible drive, effort and determination as the all-time champion of Formula One racing – a complex form of auto racing that relies not just on first-place finishes, but also on elaborate point-scoring by teams of drivers. Throughout the movie, Senna speaks loudly and proudly about his faith, while others discuss his quiet yet devout practice of reading the Bible or praying the Catholic Rosary prayer daily. He is occasionally accused of showboating and even allowing small crashes to happen in order to beat his prime rival, Alain Prout, who on a couple of occasions mocks Senna’s faith. For his part, however, Senna always handles these attacks with grace and peace, proving himself on the track instead.

SENNA has proven to be a hit documentary around the globe and is now scoring strong early box office in the U.S. despite the fact Formula One racing has never been wildly popular here. Even so, its portrayal of a devoutly Christian man who set such a great example that his funeral procession drew three million people to the streets of Brazil is a powerful one that’s a great example for both young and old alike. The movie’s closing credits reveal that a foundation in his honor using his fortune has helped over 12 million poor Brazilian children, and that Prout now respects him enough to sit on the foundation’s board. Very brief foul language and some car crashes warrant caution for young children.

In Brief:

SENNA is a documentary about perhaps the greatest Formula One race-car driver ever, Ayrton Senna of Brazil. It winds up being as much about his faith and devotion to Catholic Christianity as about the sport. Through extensive archival footage, the movie shows his incredible drive, effort and determination in Formula One racing. Throughout the movie, Senna speaks loudly and proudly about his faith, while others discuss his quiet yet devout practice of reading the Bible or praying the Catholic Rosary prayer daily. He’s occasionally accused of showboating and even allowing small crashes to happen in order to beat his prime rival, who sometimes mocks Senna’s faith. For his part, however, Senna always handles these attacks with grace and peace, proving himself on the track instead.

SENNA has proven to be a hit documentary around the globe. It’s now scoring strong early box office in the U.S. despite the fact Formula One racing has never been wildly popular here. Its portrayal of a devoutly Christian man is a powerful one that’s a great example for both young and old alike. Very brief foul language and some car crashes warrant caution for young children.