Both the full version and the abridged version of this movie are on the same disc. (Turn disc over for the abridged version.) First, I watched the full version and was very disappointed in it. If a viewer did not know the story going into this movie, they would not understand how the Waodani truly became changed people. The gospel is not mentioned at all...that the natives witnessed God's love through the example of the missionaries that lived with them after the murder is not explained at all. In fact, the movie begins with comments by a couple of anthropologists and ends with their humanistic theory of why the Waodani changed: Because they came to 'see' that there was another way to respond to situations...that they didn't always need to resort to killing as their response! Not one word of God's saving grace, not one word about God changing the hearts of the Waodani...nothing!
Then I watched the abridged version and it was a tad better. First, the anthropologists with their statements were edited out. Second, there were several times when Scripture verses or pertinent quotes were shown in between segments that could possibly give a very, very tiny bit more of enlightenment as to why the Waodani became changed people. Still... lacking...not the complete story of how and why God changed the hearts of the people.
If all you want are facts (Who, What, When, and Where) then this is for you. If you are looking for this movie as a witnessing tool, this is not for you. If you want to hear the amazing story of how, through faith in Christ the most murderous of peoples did a 180Âº, or how God wrought the amazing work of forgiveness in the hearts of the missionaries, enabling them to go back and live among the Waodani...this is not for you. Very disappointing...
Good documentary for faith and witness discussions
January 4, 2013
St. John's, NL, Canada
A really well made documentary that follows "The End of the Spear" movie. It provides additional info but there is some overlap in footage. Overall quite well done. This is an amazing story that only God could orchestrate.