Rivka is a beautiful and precocious 12-year-old Messianic Jewish girl whose life is shattered when her father, her last remaining parent, dies. Forced to live with her aunt and uncle, a traditional Jewish couple who have broken their relationship with her father because he viewed Jesus as his Messiah, Rivka begins to prepare for her bat mitzvah in the uncomfortable and at times unwelcoming atmosphere of their synagogue. Along the way, Rivka finds her calling and learns life lessons that stir her faith to new levels of maturity and depth. Dove approved (12+). Approx. 128 minutes.
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Author: Michael Robert Wolf Located in: Maineville, Ohio Submitted: November 07, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I'm a Messianic Jew. I have led a Messianic congregation in my city for 35 years. I write on my day off, and have authored a novel, a musical, children's videos, and several scripts...including this one that I also directed.
What was your motivation behind this project? I wanted to tell a story that has never been told on film before, that of the dynamic between the Messianic Jewish and traditional Jewish community.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? It is my desire that walls will come down, hearts will open, and misconceptions will be eliminated as the journey of a young Messianic Jewish girl is expressed onscreen. I want God's love and the true heart of the Messiah of Israel to shine through the film.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? I saw many miracles from pre-production and principle photography through post-production. My heart overflows with thankfulness that so many are being impacted through this movie.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? I highly respect the Kendrick brothers and what they're doing at Sherwood Pictures. I've also been influenced by the great film makers of the golden age, including Capra, Lubitsch, and Ford.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This film has many details that are the story of our Messianic Jewish experience. I want viewers to come away recognizing that all of the main characters are "round" and not flat characters, and that this is a story of compassion in which many different responses to Rivka's faith are depicted. I also want them to understand that the backstory includes the negative behavior towards Jews that sometimes occurred in Church history. This is only touched on in the film.