When I first thought about starting my Believe Pictures Productions fan group and website, I knew instantly in my heart that being a fan was not enough. I needed to know about the films I would be discussing, and the company the group supports. My name is Amy J. Falk, and by trade I am a Christian fiction romance author. Being a writer, research has always been one of the most fun parts of my job! I've been a fan of Believe Pictures Productions since 2007, and I highly respect the work of co-founders Michael Landon Jr. and Brian Bird. My search is to better understand this company so that I can run the Believe Pictures Productions fan group to the best of my ability.
I started with a film that was listed on IMDB Pro (Internet Movie Data Base Pro) under nothing but the word “Jamaa”. In all my years of following their work, I have to admit I had never heard of this title before. This is one reason I had joined IMDB Pro, out of pure curiosity of something that I may be missing. I clicked on the link and read the summary. Jamaa was listed as a short film. The synopsis intrigued me even more, but to my dismay and disappointment there was no link underneath anywhere to purchase either the DVD or a digital copy (which there usually is on IMDB if something is available). But I did not let this deter me, I immediately went to Google, and typed it in. Nothing came up - nothing with the specific title “Jamaa”. Then I went back to IMDB Pro and noticed that there was something on the side bar that said “alternative title for this film”. It was “Journey to Jamaa”. I immediately logged back on to Amazon and ordered the DVD; but it wasn't until I ordered it that I realized it was a World Vision movie. If Believe Pictures had made it in cooperation with them, I knew it had to be something special! Once the DVD arrived, I found some time where I could be completely alone, turn off all my equipment (including my cell phone) and finally put “Journey to Jamaa” into the DVD player. I have reviewed several movies/tv shows over the past several months as a fan and have linked them to my website, but I had to admit to myself that this time it was different. There are two main reasons that this review is different:
Number 1- Based on my research, I knew that this was a true story, and since it was a World Vision story, I knew it would be heart-wrenching and heartwarming all at the same time.
Number 2 - This movie was created by two men I've looked up to my entire career, and the stories I have heard behind this film have inspired me to be brave enough to write about something they had created; so I knew without even watching it that this film alone would be a blessing.
On June 4th 2014, I did not realize it, but I was about to watch a movie that would make me sad with how comfortable I was with my life, and as well it should have. There are so many people who don't have half of what we have. We are so spoiled, so much so that we don't even realize it most of the time. I knew from the summary that this story was about two children who were orphaned when their parents died of aids.
I did what I always do when I go to review a movie that is in a DVD format, I went to the special features first because usually there is some behind-the-scenes material I prefer to watch first to get as much background information as I can before watching the actual film . From the moment that writer Brian Bird appeared on the screen to share the story of how they were approached by World Vision to tell the story of these two children's lives, to the last moment on the film where they share pictures that tell you how the children's story ended - you are completely riveted!
Their explanation of what they went through to tell the story, was both amazing and courageous. It was a difficult movie for them to film because of the dangerous slums they had to film in - where even the police would not go. Without giving too much of the movie away, I would like to share my favorite scene: there are two men in the cornfield. One man says to the other (and I am paraphrasing), “I am doing what's best for my children.” The other man looks at him, smiles and says, “Maybe, but is that what God wants you to do?” This is a poignant question in the movie, one we often don't think to ask ourselves enough. We don't ask ourselves what God would want us to do. For those of you who have not seen this film yet, here are a few questions you and your family can answer as you watch Journey to Jamaa:
What is the mother’s dying wish?
What is in the big box that they bring with them on their long journey?
What are some of the dangers that they encounter?
How far will they have to go?
Will they ever find “Jamaa”?
I hope you will join me in spreading the message that there are children everywhere that need love and support through ministries like World Vision, and I hope you will join me in watching this video and sharing it with others. Maybe this message will run through their heads as well, and maybe more of us will become a little bit more uncomfortable with how comfortable we are in this world, and learn how to be blessing to others. God bless the men and women who helped put this film together, and thank you to those who support it!
Please check out World Vision at:http://www.worldvision.org/
Don't forget to spread the word about World Vision and “Journey to Jamaa” today!
Find “Journey to Jamaa" on Amazon.
My group Fans of Believe Pictures Productions:https://www.facebook.com/groups/fangroupbbp/