Belief in the Apocalypse, once seen as a marginal aspect of American culture, has found it’s way to the center of the political arena. “Waiting for Armageddon” looks at the profound implications for America and the world when a theology anchored in the imminent destruction of planet earth provides guiding principles to the largest growing block of voters in America.
Directed by Franco Sacchi , Kate Davis, David Heilbroner Produced by Franco Sacchi , David Heilbroner, Filmed by Franco Sacchi, Kate Davis Co-Producers Hermine Muskat, Roberta Dougan, Andrew Herwitz Composer Gary Lionelli
First Run Features http://www.firstrunfeatures.com Available also on NETFLIX Theatrical release in 2010
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Millions of American Christians believe that the world will end in a bloody apocalyptic nightmare, the Battle of Armageddon. But true believers, those who accept Jesus Christ as their personal savior, do not fear this view of the “End of Times” for they will ascend to the heavens through “The Rapture” and escape annihilation.
Why should we care what these people believe? Once considered marginalized and not particularly influential, they have become the most active voice in politics today and have polarized countless issues in social discourse and the public debate. They are at the heart of the Culture Wars and their influence far outweighs their numbers.
“Waiting for Armageddon” is a vivid, intimate and entertaining look at individuals who deeply believe in the inerrancy of the Bible and the many ways its prophecies are enacted in their personal and public lives. The visual opportunities to bring these compelling people and places to the screen are enormous as we travel across the United States into the deep South to Midnight Call, a well-attended Bible prophecy conference, to McAlester, Oklahoma in the heart of the Bible Belt plains where we meet Tony and Devonna Edwards and their five children, a family who lives life in accordance with prophecy and belief in the End Times. We travel with a tour group of Christian Evangelicals through Israel, to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount, where prophecy foretells a Third Temple must rise before Christ will return. Currently the site of The Dome of the Rock, one of Islam’s holiest places, this is the most explosive piece of real estate on earth. Then to the plains of Megiddo where the Battle of Armageddon will take place and the End Times prophecies will be fulfilled.
How does belief in Bible prophecy influence how the people in our film think and act on the issues of global warming and the environment, the schooling of children, regard for the Constitution, possibilities of scientific research and secular humanism? In the end we need to investigate the consequences of having a political leaders who are culturally immersed in a morbid doomsday scenario. In each place we go, the people, their feelings and reactions are explored as we deepen the conversation about these important, compelling and highly emotional phenomena in America today. Journalists and scholars of religion and politics are interviewed to add another dimension to a film that will increase our understanding of highly complex theological and social concerns.