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On April 18, 2007 three men were tortured and killed inside a Bible distribution office in Malatya, Turkey. The three were leaders in the small church of Malatya and their killers were five teenagers, each carrying a note that read, "We did this for our country. They were attacking our religion." The murders sent shockwaves throughout Turkey, especially among the tiny Christian population, who are a mere three thousand among millions who believe they wish to overthrow the Turkish way of life. Malatya reveals the character of the martyrs, the greater struggles that lead to their deaths, and how their spiritual family has remained faithful amidst the furnace. Dove approved. Region coded All. Approx. 69 minutes.
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THREE CHRISTIANS WERE BRUTALLY MURDERED ON APRIL 18, 2007 IN THE OFFICES OF A CHRISTIAN PUBLISHER IN MALATYA, TURKEY. THE FIVE MUSLIM MEN WHO KILLED THEM ALL CARRIED IDENTICAL NOTES IN THEIR POCKETS. "WE DID THIS FOR OUR COUNTRY. THEY WERE ATTACKING OUR RELIGION."
INSTEAD OF HATRED, CHRISTIANS RESPONDED WITH LOVE. ON NATIONAL TV, TWO WIDOWED MOTHERS ECHOED CHRIST: "FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING." MUSLIMS ACROSS THE NATION WONDERED HOW CHRISTIANS COULD RESPOND WITH SUCH LOVE.
MALATYA, A FEATURE-LENGTH DOCUMENTARY FILM TELLS THE STORY OF THREE MEN WILLING TO GIVE UP THEIR LIVES TO SHARE THE GOSPEL WITH THEIR FRIENDS, AND THE FRUIT THAT HAS GROWN FROM THEIR SACRIFICE.
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Author: Nolan Dean
Located in: Austin, TX
Submitted: January 27, 2010
Tell us a little about yourself. My name is Nolan Dean - I'm a filmmaker from Austin, TX - I love airplane passengers, Chinese takeout, the Game of Risk, The Little Engine That Could, Rocky Balboa, Slumdog Millionaire, Rich Mullins, the nations, and the Gospel.
What was your motivation behind this project? Honestly, I think the motivation was just to be obedient. Neither Steve (Producer) or I really knew what was going to happen or how the film would turn out, but we knew the story and just believed that we should give it our best shot.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope folks - the audience, that is - will gain a very tangible sense of the cost of following Jesus. Also, I hope people's hearts would be stirred to pray for the Turkish Church and the Turkish people.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? This project took about 1.5 years, and so - the changes I've gone through are fairly substantial. I'd say the largest point of impact may be "Seek first the kingdom," because over that last year of editing, there was so many distractions from "simple obedience."
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? For this film, I'd say that Invisible Children and Grizzly Man were the biggest influences. Invisible Children was made by a few guys who had never made a doc (like us). And Grizzly Man is about a contemporary post-mortem character and the events leading to his death, so I approached Malatya with a similar story structure that Werner Herzog used.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: I hope this film strikes you deep in the heart, and that it moves you to prayer for the Turkish people. 3-4,000 Turkish Christians among over 70,000,000. They need Jesus.
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