Movies by Christian peacemakers about conflict in the Holy Land are usually not just bad. They are awful. Irredeemably dishonest. They portray Israel as the villain and Palestinians as innocent victims. They tell their viewers in the United States that good Christians must demonstrate their love for Jesus by hindering — to the point of dismantling — Israel’s ability to defend its citizens from Palestinian terrorism. Maybe we have turned a corner with “Hope in the Holy Land” produced by the Philos Project and set for release in May 2021.
This film, produced by Todd Morehead and Justin Kron, does something that some Christian filmmakers such as Porter Speakman, Jr. and Jim Hanon and writers like Bruce Fisk and Gary Burge have a tough time doing — confronting the misdeeds of Palestinian leaders and the profound obstacles to peace inherent in Palestinian society.
Filmmaker Todd Morehead documents troubling hostility toward Jews and Israel on the part of Palestinians in the West Bank in man-on-the-street interviews in “Hope in the Holy Land.” (Screenshot from film.)