"Racing for Christ"
What You Need To Know:
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.
(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.
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.