Short Dramas and Plays
GOING TO THE MOVIES CAN BE DREADFUL
by Bro. Kenya Branch
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I am a screenwriter and I am a film buff. I love films but going to see contemporary movies can be a dreadful experience. For Christians who want entertaining adult storylines there are few choices. Aside from Mel Gibson's "THE PASSION," most Christian-themed films aren't well produced in my view. Ether the story is relatively weak or because of budgetary restraints, the production values are low. In the secular realm, the last two films that I have recommended are “Remember The Titans” starring Denzel Washington, which is a story about a high school football team that is forced to desegregate and examines racism and reconciliation in an entertaining and dramatic way. The other is the recent “COACH CARTER,” starring Samuel L. Jackson. That film is about how changes in attitudes and priorities makes a high school basketball achieve on and off the court.
While these films, particularly the latter, does contain some coarse language that could offend, the moral of both films is positive and life affirming. How many popular films can you say that about? I am very supportive of films that depict diverse people forming bonds despite societal and peer pressure to the contrary. People of different ethnic groups have more in common than is commonly recognized. We all want the basics: Liberty and freedom, the best lives possible for our families and children and to live in peace and contentment.
However, I am convinced that there are forces, satanic and other wise that promote hostility and antagonism between ethnic or racial groups using fear to emphasize superficial differences in culture and appearance in hateful ways. This is unacceptable to God, and should be unacceptable to Christians. Amen?
I have written several screenplays that I hope to produce into feature films. The stories are dramas, with elements of romance and comedy, that are character driven and address painful and persistent issues that divide people. If the themes below seem compelling to you, please drop me a line.
"CHRISTMAS STORY" is a contemporary drama set in a West Philadelphia home. A dysfunctional black family, whose multi-cultural members live in various parts of the world, hastily come together during Christmas week as the mother battles for her life after a tragic car accident. The four adult children (and the mates of three of them) who grew up in the same house, but in adversarial clans, must unite in that house as they come to terms with their acrimony and face losing their mother.
"TRIED BY FIRE" is about what happens in a racially polarized town when a
black Pentecostal church burns down and the congregation is invited to merge
with a white, conservative church. This uneasy alliance threatens to
breakdown as a power struggle between the two churches and influential
outsiders turns tragic when the white church is burned down. With an
explosive confrontation looming, the town has two options, unite or destroy
In "SINS OF FATHERS" a black family moves into an all white suburban
neighborhood. Two "good" church-going families, one black, one white, who
are much alike, find themselves at odds on racial matters. Both families
are forced to confront their bigoted attitudes when the black family is
attacked by some neighbors who are violently opposed to race mixing on any
"INVISIBLE ENEMIES" is the story of a tough Washington D.C. detective, who
is lured into a deadly power play by a powerful political cartel that must
assassinate an influential African president to maintain its control over
every government in the world.
"YOUR OWN KIND" is about two biracial sisters (black, white) who grew up
painfully in a poor black neighborhood, with their single Italian mother.
Struggling with their racial identities, it shows how as young adults they
desperately seek acceptance in a world that doesn't seem to care.
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