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I recently had opportunity to screen the movie VOICELESS, a movie that tackles the difficult subject of abortion.
From writer/director Pat Necerato comes Voiceless, a film that tackles the controversial pro-life vs. pro-choice debate with conviction and compassion, and presents that the true choice is one the church must make. In the film, a young, reserved war veteran-turned-community outreach leader puts his life on the line to stand against an abortion clinic that has taken up shop across the street from his Philadelphia church.
“Voiceless was made to engage the church,” said producer Stuart Migdon. “We believe our film artfully presents the issue in a way that pro-life supporters can rally behind without alienating pro-choice viewers before they’ve had a chance to contemplate our story.”
The film will launch theatrically in Fall 2016 and will be distributed by ArtAffects Entertainment. Margo Lange, president of ArtAffects Entertainment, has a long history of involvement in faith based releases including The Passion of the Christ. Other films Lange has contributed to in this space include End of the Spear, Bella, The Stoning of Soroya M, Kirk Cameron’s Monumental, and King’s Faith.
Battling his own inner-demons, Jesse (Rusty Joiner: Last Ounce Of Courage, Dodgeball, “Days of Our Lives”) encounters a young, pregnant teen overcome with grief that, after an impulsive abortion, has her family blaming Jesse for more than just her final decision. Jesse’s wife Julia (Jocelyn Cruz: Strike One, This Is Our Time) must come to terms with her own choices and decide if she can support her husband as opposition mounts against him. Comedian Paul Rodriguez also stars as Virgil with James Russo as Pastor Gil.
The winner of multiple awards, Voiceless has been honored as Northeast Film Festival’s Best Feature and People’s Choice for Best Feature Film and Best Feature Film from the California Independent Film Festival.
Jesse Dean is a recently discharged soldier who had a rough upbringing, but because of his wife, found God and now is totally devoted to his faith.
He and wife move to Philadelphia so he can take a new job as an outreach leader at an old church whose membership has been declining. As everything is going well and as he starts connecting to the community, he discovers there’s an abortion clinic directly across the street from the church.
He goes to the pastor and to several others in the church and tries to get their help to no avail. One day something tragic and personal happens to him while he’s going about his everyday routine. He comes to the point that he begins to take action himself. He gets involved but the more involved he gets, the more resistance he gets from those in church and community. His wife, who thinks his actions will get him fired or land him in jail, also comes against him.
Finally, it comes down to him having to make a choice: is he going to take the easy way out and back off, which is what everyone wants him to do, or will he face a major confrontation which will require him to put everything on the line…not just his job, but his freedom and marriage as well.
This film encourages people to stand up for what they know is right, particularly as it pertains to taking God’s truths into society to address social issues. It addresses the spirit of retreat as it pertains to engaging the culture that has developed within the Church.
Heidi Says …
This is a great movie! I really enjoyed watching Voiceless and Jesse’s stand to be a “voice for the voiceless.” As Christians, we all need to be that voice for those who have no voice – the unborn.
As I was sitting watching the film, I realized that there are many times of silence built into the movie – there is background music playing and you can assume what is happening on screen pretty easily – but I believe these silences were put there purposely to give people an opportunity to really think about what they can do to take a stand against abortion.
I don’t want to give away the premise of the film, but if you have a chance to go see this one, DO IT. It’s playing in select theaters across the country now. If you’re in PA, it’s only playing on the east coast, in Philadelphia. If you would like to share Voiceless with your church or ministry, there are digital items available for download.
In light of the upcoming election, we need to be aware of the matter of abortion and what we can do to put an end to this horrendous crime. We, too, can be a voice for the voiceless. Go out and see this film if you can. If you can’t, check out the website for more information and to find out how to get involved in the cause.
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