Brooks Douglass watched as both his missionary mother and father died after being gunned down before his young eyes.
"They never got to see the age I'm living now, and they never got to meet their grandkids," Douglass told CBN News.
He too was shot and left for dead, as was his sister after the two killers who invaded the Douglass home, violently raped her.
Douglass was only 16 at the time. His sister was just 12. Both survived, but then had to re-live the horror over and over as the killers were tried and then made several appeals.
Douglass remained bitter for many years before having a face-to-face encounter in a prison cell with one of the killers.
The result was a Godly experience filled with such surprising and divine forgiveness that Douglass felt he had to make a movie about it. "Heaven's Rain" is the result of that encounter and is now available on DVD at the film's website.
Douglass explained that the movie was given an 'R' rating because of one scene where the rape of his sister is discussed graphically.
"There's no offensive language," he said. "There's no sex or nudity or any of that. "You can invite your lost friends. Friends that would never go in a church."
"And you can see this movie and be proud of the production quality," he added. "We didn't spend this, but the Hollywood crowd all thinks we spent at least $20 million."
Douglass has traveled across the country, showing the movie in friendly venues like churches.
"If we've got people who are asking us to come, then we will go to their city and we'll make sure it gets where they can see it," he said.
A two-hour special about the Douglass family tragedy and Brooks' eventual triumph will be airing Friday on NBC's "Dateline."