Gateway To Diversity

Gateway Films is a distributing firm for evangelical audiences (Hazel’s People and The Girl Who Ran Out of Night) for Roman Catholic audiences (Rain For a Dusty Summer and Upon This Rock) and for general audiences (About Addiction and Living With Fear). The three categories often overlap.

Rain For a Dusty Summer, starring Ernest Borgnine and Padre Humberto, tells of the faith of a priest who worked and died to keep the church alive during the 1917 Mexican revolution. The rebellious priest loves God and serves him to the best of his ability. This well-made film should interest all audiences with its humor, gentleness, and historicity. It is reminiscent of Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory, though the priest in Rain is more moral.

Originally called by the much better title “Happy as the Grass Was Green,” Hazel’s People stars Geraldine Page and tells the story of a young activist’s encounter with himself and ultimately with Christ while visiting a Mennonite community in Pennsylvania. Hazel’s People explores the rebel’s conversion in an understated, sensitive way without the pressures or cliches commonly associated with film-style repentances, and explains differences between Mennonites and Amish. The film, not yet released for theater viewing, deserves a wide audience.

The Girl Who Ran Out of Night combines good cinematography with effective background music and a compelling script to create a forceful look at the dangers and problems with thousands of runaway girls. Although the girl becomes a Christian near the end of the film, her struggle over the decision avoids the pat-answer syndrome. We never see her boyfriend accept Christ, though he promises the prison chaplain to read the Bible.

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