In BETHANY HAMILTON: UNSTOPPABLE, the world-renowned surfer who lost her left arm from a shark attack takes to the screen again in her own documentary. The action-packed movie takes place over six years as it dives into Bethany’s life since the attack. UNSTOPPABLE tells how God gave her indescribable peace after the shark attack. It also shows how Bethany struggles through fame, and how that affected her. After meeting with other surfer-amputees, Bethany learns how to surf with only one arm and, with God’s help, approaches each challenge with strength and hope.
UNSTOPPABLE raises Bethany Hamilton’s exemplary story of faith to new, beautiful heights. Her likeable, down-to-earth personality and strong work ethic draw viewers in from the beginning. The shots of the beach and the surf all add to this substantial movie, which is God glorifying in many ways. Bethany attributes all her success to God, Bible verses are read, people pray before surfing, marriage is uplifted, and pregnancy is seen as a gift from God. A true testimony of faith, hope and perseverance, UNSTOPPABLE is a great documentary for families.
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Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Very strong Christian moral worldview where woman in this documentary about her attributes all her success to God, marriage is uplifted and praised, people pray before surfing, Bible verses are read and referenced in interviews, and pregnancy is seen as a gift from God;
An OMG profanity is said once or twice;
Woman surfer talks about shark attack that took her left arm, and people fall off surfboards into raging waters;
No explicit or naturalistic nudity, but women wear bikinis on the beach and while surfing;
No alcohol use; Smoking and or Drug Use or Abuse: No smoking or drugs; and,
Nothing else objectionable.
Bethany Hamilton world renowned surfer takes to the screen again as she stars in her own documentary UNSTOPPABLE. The action-packed movie takes place over six years as it dives into the true, real and rawest Bethany Hamilton like she’s never revealed before to the public.
The real Soul Surfer tells her story beginning at age 13, with footage of her prior to the shark attack that took her arm and her progress after that attack. Telling the story of the shark attack from not feeling any pain after the attack, to surfing just four weeks later, Bethany demonstrated time and time again her overwhelming resilience in surfing. She began to compete with intense skill, re-learning how to surf with one arm.
Bethany meets with surfer-amputees who learned how to surf after their own accidents or birth defects. As she continues to compete, she conquers each competition and event with strength and gives God all the credit for the indescribable peace that came to her following the shark attack. She’s nominated for an ESPY sports award, but when Bethany learns the award says “Best Disabled Surfer,” she declines the nomination because she sees herself as just a surfer, not a disabled surfer but an athlete whose talent is surfing.
UNSTOPPABLE shows how Bethany struggles through fame and how that affected her at such a young age. Again, she gives the glory to God that she made it through each of these mini “shark attacks.” The documentary shows her getting married to Adam Dirks and having their first son, Tobias, and second son, Wesley, who both are learning how to surf. The movie ends with Bethany emerging victorious despite major and minor setbacks such as not being accepted into World Championships until she emerged as a wild card. Crystal blue waves crash and break as Bethany surfs away.
UNSTOPPABLE raises Bethany Hamilton’s exemplary story of faith to new, beautiful, exemplary heights. Her likeable, down-to-earth personality and strong work ethic draw viewers in from the beginning. Bethany’s soul surfer story is a true testimony of faith and perseverance that will inspire hope in the hearts of all audiences. The shots of the beach and the surf all add to this substantial movie, which is God glorifying in many ways. Bethany attributes all her success to God, Bible verses are read and referenced, people pray before surfing, marriage is uplifted and praised, and pregnancy is seen as a gift from God. In the end, of course, God is the unstoppable One. UNSTOPPABLE is a great documentary for people of all ages.
Grab your surfboards and hit the waves, because this movie is gnarly!
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