Firecracker Films / Channel 4
CUTTING EDGE: BABY BIBLE BASHERS
Winner of the Gold Ace Award, Las Vegas Film Festival 2009 ‘Baby Bible Bashers’ follows the extraordinary stories of three of the Lord’s “chosen children”, and their relationships with God, their families and their congregations. In addition to Samuel, we meet 9-yr-old Florida firebrand Terry Durham, who likes nothing more than to don his oversize blue suit and alligator shoes, and whip the crowd into a frenzy. Terry holds the dubious honour of having been the world’s youngest ordained minister at just six. Brazilian sensation Ana Carolina Dias is just twelve but is already something of a veteran with four years of preaching under her belt. She regularly commands TV audiences of millions. Her mission: to save the hardened gang members and drug dealers of Rio’s shantytowns. Are these children the innocent conduits of God’s word, or has their childhood been sacrificed to satisfy zealous parents and congregations hungry for miracles?
This film by BAFTA award-winning director Amelia Hann and Assistant Producer Barney Lankester-Owen follows these pint-size preachers as they go about their missionary work spreading the word to ‘drunkards, adulterers and thieves’ and uncovers the unsettling and often disturbing truth behind child evangelism.