Facing Darkness is one of those movies that will stay with you. It’s been almost a week since I saw it, and I find myself still going back and thinking about what I saw.
This is a good documentary. Like most good documentaries I’ve seen, the pacing and timing is a bit slow and plodding, but the content is so good, the slow unwinding of the story will be forgiven.
I also found that I was never quite sure when the film was going to actually roll the credits. Like a pastor who says “and in conclusion…” and then doesn’t get to the last Amen for another 20 minutes, Facing Darkness kept me guessing when it was going to be complete. Still, this can be forgiven too, since the story was well told.
In the first part of this review, I mentioned that there were two “grabbers” that got me in this movie. The first grabber was Fear. Click to read Facing Darkness, Part 1 Movie Review.
Second Grabber – COURAGE The second grabber was Courage. The medical professionals willingly submitted themselves to an extensive robing and taping process that was extremely thorough. The very act of donning the space suit like attire was frightening; everyone who went through the process knew that any little mistake or misstep could result in their death. And a horrible death Ebola is.
The documentary tells the courageous story of Samaritan’s Purse in Liberia as they rose to meet the overwhelming challenge of history’s worst outbreak of Ebola. Samaritan’s Purse is a Christian relief agency that ministers throughout the world. Known primarily for distributing millions of shoeboxes to poor children (over 135 million shoeboxes have been given out since 1993), Samaritan’s Purse is one of the most widely recognized charities in the world.
I didn’t know that there were only two organizations on the ground battling this terrifying disease; MWF (Doctors Without Borders) and Samaritan’s Purse. Eventually, the US Army would arrive with much needed personnel and material, but for a long time the MWF and SP were the only ones there.
Facing exhaustion (imagine being taped into those space suits for four hours at a time) and mental/emotional fatigue, the volunteer workers fought Ebola with everything they had, and then three of their own medical staff were diagnosed with the dread disease. The documentary tells the story of Franklin Graham and SP and all they did to save the lives of these brave medical professionals.
The spiritual battle was just as real as the medical battle. Liberians reacted to the dread disease in a variety of ways, and their reaction to Ebola was both terrifying and frightening at the same time.
Good news! Facing Darkness is coming back to select theaters across the country on April 10. Click here to purchase tickets at a theater near you. Don’t miss this opportunity to see this film on the big screen. Your participation in buying tickets will send a good positive encouragement to our friends at Samaritan’s Purse too.