Reviewed by: Loretta Lang—first time reviewer
courage / bravery
standing up for Jesus Christ your Creator and eternal Savior, no matter what the cost
determining that you will use your life to make a difference in the world
being a good ambassador for Christ
compassionate / caring / love for your fellow human beings
About Rachel Joy Scott (Wikipedia)
|Featuring:||Masey McLain … Rachel Joy Scott
Ben Davies … Nathan Ballard
Cameron McKendry … Alex Dickerson
Terri Minton … Beth Nimmo
Victoria Staley … Madison
Taylor Kalupa … Gabby
Emma Elle Roberts … Celine
Sadie Robertson … Charity
David Errigo Jr. … Eric Harris
Cory Chapman … Dylan Klebold
|Director:||Brian Baugh—“To Save a Life” (2009), “The Ultimate Gift” (2007—Director of Photography)|
|Distributor:||Pure Flix Entertainment|
Pureflix, the creators of “God’s Not Dead,” heralds the movie, “I’m Not Ashamed,” as the beauty amidst the ashes. It’s based on the life of Rachel Joy Scott, a student murdered in the Columbine High School Massacre. Rachel uses a diary to draw and chronicle her most innermost thoughts. Like her peers, she craves for acceptance, a boy-girl relationship, and an opportunity to hang-out with friends. As a Christian, Rachel struggles with her love for God and a need to fit-in at school. After experiencing a devastating heartbreak and an unexpected betrayal by a friend, Rachel reaches out to God wholeheartedly, with a new determination to “live out loud” for Christ. Disappointingly, Rachel’s “open” Christian identity doesn’t mesh with the ideals of her peers. The murderous duo, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold plot for months on how to ambush Columbine High School and victimize targeted individuals.
On April 20, 1999, twelve innocent people die at their hands, including Rachel Joy Scott. Unlike the others, Rachel is given an ultimatum—renounce God or die. This would be her last opportunity to witness for Christ. Without hesitation, she takes the bullet. The Motion Picture Association of America gives “I’m Not Ashamed”, a PG-13 rating, due to some material and the cap for children under 13. One of the film’s producers, Nise Davies says that Rachel’s mother wants others to see her daughter’s real life struggles. With this in mind, the film’s creative force meticulously mirrors the images, personalities, events, and cultural themes of Rachel’s day (bullying, dating, sex, alcohol, discrimination, rejection…).
“I’m Not Ashamed” is a must see inspirational film. It depicts the realness of life with its temptations, trials, and pitfalls. I encourage churches, youth groups, and the unchurched alike to see this film. The beauty of Rachel Joy Scott’s life is that she learns from her mistakes, and values her love for God more than life itself. I pray that when I’m faced with death, “I will fear no evil.”
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