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CBN NewsWatch: February 24, 2014

On CBN Newswatch, Feb. 24: Ukraine president becomes fugitive from justice, Nation Divided: Venezuela enters day 13 of clashes, and Hagel cuts would shrink army to pre-WWII size, and more. Read Transcript


TONIGHT ON "NEWSWATCH,"

AFTER THREE MONTHS OF

PROTESTS, THE STREETS OF

KIEV ARE QUIET TONIGHT.

THE A LOOK AT WHAT COMES

NEXT IN THE UKRAINIAN

REVOLUTION.

PLUS, FLASHIN SLASHING THE

MILITARY'S BUDGET, WHAT BIG

CUTS COULD MEAN FOR AMERICAN

DEFENSE.

AND FROM HOLLYWOOD TO THE

HOLY LAND, HOW SOME ARE

HEADING TO THE HOLLYWOOD TO

MAKE MOVIES.

THE SEARCH IS ON FOR THE

FORMER PRESIDENT OF

UKRAINE.

GOOD EVENING, I'M MARK

MARTIN.

VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH IS A

FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE.

THEY ISSUED AN ARREST

WARRANT FOR THE MASS

KILLINGS OF CIVILIAN

PROTESTORS LAST WEEK.

HE FLED THE CAPITAL ON

SATURDAY, AND REPORTEDLY IS

HIDING OUT IN EASTERN

UKRAINE.

MEANWHILE IN KIEV ON SUNDAY,

PROTESTORS DID NOT CELEBRATE

VICTORY, BUT MOURNED THE

VICTIMS.

GEORGE THOMAS BRINGS US THE

TOP STORY FROM UKRAINE.

*

MANY OF YOU TODAY

PROBABLY FEEL THE SAME AS I

DO.

THERE ARE A LOT OF TEARS IN

OUR HEARTS.

George: AT ONE OF

KIEV'S LARGEST EVANGELICAL

SERVICES, THIS PASTOR TRIES

TO COMFORT A GRIEVING

CONGREGATION.

TO BE HONEST, I'M NOT

EUPHORIC.

MY HEART IS ACHING BECAUSE

OUR NATION HAS PAID A BIG

PRICE IN BLOOD.

George: UKRAINIANS HAVE

BEEN MOURNING THE MORE THAN

100 PEOPLE KILLED IN CLASHES

BETWEEN RIOT POLICE AND

PROTESTORS.

AND THAT SADNESS SETTLES

OVER A COUNTRY FACING

DRAMATIC POLITICAL CHANGES.

AFTER THREE MONTHS OF

PROTESTS, ANTI-GOVERNMENT

DEMONSTRATORS ARE NOW IN

POWER.

ON SATURDAY UKRAINE'S

PARLIAMENT STUNNED THE

NATION BY VOTING

OVERWHELMING TO IMPEACH

PRESIDENT VIKTOR YANUKOVYCH,

WHO THEN FLED THE CAPITAL

CITY.

MOMENTS LATER THEY PICKED A

EVANGELICAL CHRISTIAN AS

INTERIM PRESIDENT UNTIL NEW

ELECTIONS IN MAYMENT.

CHRISTIANS WERE PRAYING

ON INDEPENDENT SQUARE.

WE WERE PRAYING IN OUR

CHURCHES.

PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD WERE

PRAYING FOR US AND GOD DID A

MIRACLE.

UKRAINE IS A NEW COUNTRY.

George: AND TO GIVE YOU

A SENSE OF HOW DRAMATIC THE

CHANGES HAVE BEEN, A FEW

DAYS AGO THIS ENTIRE STREET

WAS COMPLETELY FILLED BY THE

SO-CALLED UKRAINE BERCUT,

THE POLICE.

TODAY YOU HAVE DOZENS OF

MEN, ORDINARY FOLKS WHO HAVE

TAKEN UP POSITION IN FRONT

OF THE PARLIAMENT.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT IS VERY

UNCERTAIN, AS LAWMAKERS

SCRAMBLE TO PUT TOGETHER A

COALITION GOVERNMENT,

SKEPTICISM ABOUNDS.

THAT INCLUDES THE LAST

FORMER PRIME MINISTER, FREED

AFTER 32 MONTHS IN

PRESIDENT.

WE NEED HAVE WHOLE NEW

SET OF LEADERS.

George: UKRAINE'S

NEIGHBOR, RUSSIA, CLOSELY

WATCHES THE CHANGES.

IT HAS HUGE ECONOMIC TIES

HERE, AND VLADIMIR PUTIN HAS

PUBLICLY TALKED ABOUT

BRINGING UKRAINE BACK INTO

ITS POLITICAL ORBIT.

THE PROTESTORS, INSTEAD,

WANT CLOSER TIES WITH

EUROPE.

ON SUNDAY, AMERICA WARNED

RUSSIA NOT TO EVEN THINK

ABOUT SENDING TROOPS INTO

UKRAINE.

BACK AT THIS PASTOR'S

CHURCH, A PLEA FOR

RECONCILIATION AFTER MONTHS

OF TURMOIL.

WE NEED TO UNITE BECAUSE

THE SOCIETY IS DIVIDED, EAST

AND WEST, NORTH AND SOUTH.

WE NEED TO COME TOGETHER AND

MAKE VERY IMPORTANT

DECISIONS IN THE DAYS

AHEAD.

George: GEORGE THOMAS,

CBN NEWS.

Mark: AND FOR MORE ON

THIS, WE TURN TO DR. MARY

ANNJIKIAN, AND SHE IS AN

ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR AT

REGENT'S UNIVERSITY.

UNIVERSITY.

HI.

AFTER A REVOLUTION LIKE

THIS, CAN THE COUNTRY EVER

GET BACK ON TRACK?

SOMETHING TO KEEP IN

MIND, IT IS A YOUNG

DEMOCRACY.

THEY HAVE ONLY BEEN AROUND

FOR 30 YEARS.

THE UNITED STATES HAD A

CIVIL WAR WHEN WE WERE

ALMOST 100 YEARS OLD.

IT IS NOT THAT SURPRISING AT

THIS EARLY STAGE IN ANY

DEMOCRACY.

I SEE SOME SIGNS FOR

OPTIMISM.

THE FACT THAT THE PARLIAMENT

IS STILL FUNCTIONING.

THE FACT THAT THE SPEAKER OF

THE PARLIAMENT IS STILL IN

CONTROL IN THAT COUNTRY.

IT IS NOT LIKE THAT THERE IS

A POWER VACUUM.

THE FACT THEY DIDN'T SHUT

DOWN THE MEDIA, THAT IS

TREMENDOUS.

THAT MEANS THEY'RE GOING TO

WEATHER THIS CRISIS.

Mark: WELL, THERE ARE

PARTS OF UKRAINE THAT ARE

VERY PRO-RUSSIA, AS YOU

KNOW.

SHOULD THE INTERIM

GOVERNMENT TAKE THIS INTO

ACCOUNT WHEN THEY'RE MAKING

DECISIONS FOR A UKRAINE AS A

WHOLE?

I DEFINITELY DON'T THINK

THAT UKRAINE HAS BEEN

DIVIDED UP.

I KNOW THERE HAVE BEEN

RUSSIAN ANALYSTS HAVE SAID

THE EASTERN PART PUMPS PART

BECOMES PART OF THE SOVIET

UNION.

BUT I DON'T THINK THAT'S A

PEACEFUL SOLUTION.

I HOPE THAT IS NOT ONE

ANYONE CONTEMPLATES.

Mark: THE U.S.

GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN PRETTY

VOCAL OVER THE COURSE OF

THESE PROTESTS.

DO YOU THINK THAT THE UNITED

STATES SHOULD PLAY A ROLE IN

THE REBUILDING OF THE

GOVERNMENT?

MY UNDERSTANDING IS THAT

THE AMERICAN AMBASSADOR HAS

SPOKEN ABOUT, YOU KNOW,

THEY'RE GETTING I.M.F.

SUPPORT FOR SOME OF THEIR

BANKRUPTCY ISSUES THAT THEY

ARE HAVING.

AND I CERTAINLY IMAGINE THAT

THE UNITED STATES WILL SEND

OBSERVERS TO THESE ELECTIONS

IN MAY.

BUT I THINK IT IS REALLY

IMPORTANT THAT THE UKRAINE

BE ABLE TO SOLVE A LOT OF

THESE PROBLEMS ITSELF AND

THAT IT HAVE THE AUTONOMY TO

DO SO.

THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION

ABOUT WHAT THEY SHOULD DO

WITH THIS LEADER WHO HAS

FLED.

AND SOME PEOPLE SAID THEY

SHOULD GO TO THE

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL

COURT, THE HAGUE, AND HE

SHOULD BE TRIED AS A WAR

CRIMINAL.

BUT PRESENTLY THE UKRAINIAN

PARLIAMENT SAYS, NO, WE'RE

GOING TO HANDLE THIS

DOMESTICALLY.

I THINK THAT IS A GOOD

SIGN.

IT IS NOT A FAILED STATE.

THEY DON'T NEED OTHER PEOPLE

TO COME IN AND TELL THEM HOW

TO MAKE DEMOCRACY.

DEMOCRACY CAN BE MESSY.

Mark: THAT'S TRUE, IT

CAN BE.

THANKS I VERY MUCH FOR OUR

TIME.

THOSE WHO BELIEVE FEDERAL

AGENCIES ARE OUT OF CONTROL

WERE BEFORE THE SUPREME

COURT AGAIN TODAY.

THIS TIME THEY WERE ASKING

THE JUSTICES TO PUT THE

BREAKS ON THE E.P.A., AND

WHAT COULD EVENTUALLY BECOME

MASSIVE MICROMANAGING OF

AMERICA TO REGULATE

GREENHOUSE GASES.

Reporter: THE COURT IN

THE PAST INDICATED IT WANTS

THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

AGENCY TO FIGHT GLOBAL

WARMING.

BUT THEY WARNED IF THE

E.P.A. ISN'T SHACKLED BY

PROPER LAWS, IT COULD END UP

HAVING DRACONIAN CONTROL

OVER ALMOST EVERYTHING THAT

USE CARBON.

WHAT IT BOILS DOWN TO FOR

OPPONENTS OF THE E.P.A.,

THEY SEE THIS AS ANOTHER

INCREDIBLE OVERREACH BY YET

ONE MORE AGENCY OF THE OBAMA

ADMINISTRATION.

ONE LAWYER FIGHTING THE

E.P.A.s GO IT ALONE WAY,

SAYS IF AMERICA WANTS TO

REGULATE GASSES, THE

LAWMAKERS HAVE THE RIGHT TO

CREATE LAWS FOR THE E.P.A.

TO ADDRESS.

CONGRESS HAS THE ABILITY

AND AUTHORITY TO ADDRESS

IT.

IF IT IS SOMETHING THAT THE

ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION

AGENCY HAS AUTHORITY TO

ADDRESS, THEY ARE WELCOME TO

ADDRESS IT.

BUT YOU CAN'T TAKE AUTHORITY

WHERE AUTHORITY HASN'T BEEN

VESTED BY CONGRESS.

Reporter: SOME SAY THIS

IS THE CASE OF BUSINESSES

THAT DON'T WANT REGULATORS

TRYING TO CONTROL THEIR

CARBON EMISSIONS.

INDUSTRY HAS SUED ABOUT

EVERY ASPECT OF THIS

REGULATION.

THERE IS NOTHING, IT SEEMS,

THAT INDUSTRY LIKES ABOUT

ANY ASPECT OF GREENHOUSE

REGULATIONS.

Reporter: SOME WARN

THIS IS ANOTHER SOURCE OF

THE E.P.A. RIDING ROUGH SHOT

AND MAKING ITS OWN LAWS.

WE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE

PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED

STATES USING HIS PEN AND

PHONE TO ACCOMPLISH THAT

WHICH HE IS UNABLE TO GAIN

APPROVAL OF.

Reporter: CRITICS WARN

THE E.P.A. COULD ONE DAY

DECIDE TO CONTROL CARBON

EMISSIONS BY SCHOOLS,

HOSPITALS, AND CHURCHES.

PAUL STRAND, CBN NEWS, THE

SUPREME COURT.

Mark: A FEDERAL APPEALS

COURT HAS RULED AGAINST THE

UNIVERSITY OF NOTREDAM IN A

LAWSUIT OVER THE OBAMACARE

CONTRACEPTION MANDATE.

LAST YEAR NOTREDAM FILED

SUIT THAT SAID FORCING THE

UNIVERSITY TO OFFER BIRTH

CONTROL GOES AGAINST ITS

RELIGION.

THE CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY SAYS

THE BIRTH CONTROL MANDATE

VIOLATES THE CHURCH'S

TEACHINGS ON ABORTION AND

LIFE.

DEFENSE SECRETARY CHUCK

HAGEL IS REPRESENTING BIG

CUTS TO THE 2015 DEFENSE

BUDGET.

THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS

WORTH OF CUTS WOULD INCLUDE

SHRINKING THE ARMY TO ITS

SMALLEST SIZE SINCE 1940.

THE ARMY IS ALREADY

SCHEDULED TO REDUCE ACTIVE

DUTY MEMBERS DOWN TO

490,000.

THAT NUMBER HAD REACHED

570,000 DURING THE HEIGHT OF

FIGHTING IN IRAQ AND

AFGHANISTAN.

THE NEW PROPOSED CUTS WOULD

SHRINK THE RANKS FURTHER TO

BETWEEN 440,000 TO 450,000.

THEY WARNED THE CUTS WOULD

HURT MILITARY READINESS.

LOU CHELLI JOINS US FROM

WASHINGTON WITH MORE.

WE KNOW THERE IS A NEED FOR

A MORE BALANCED BUDGET.

IS CUTTING TROOP NUMBERS THE

BEST WAY TO GO ABOUT IT?

THE AMERICAN LEGION

DOESN'T THINK SO.

WE HAVE SEEN THIS WHERE THE

DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE TRIES

TO REDUCE ITS END NUMBERS.

BUT WHAT WE CAN SEE IS

CAUSING THE SOLDIERS THAT IN

UNIFORM TO HAVE TO DO REPEAT

DEPLOYMENTS, WHICH

ULTIMATELY RAISES THE RISK

OF PTSD, AND FURTHER

INJURIES TO OUR VETERANS.

THE REPEAT DEPLOYMENTS AND

THE ADDED RESPONSIBILITY

TAKEN ON BY THE RESERVE

FORCES IS REALLY DEPLETING

OUR EFFORTS, AND IT'S A SHOW

OF WEAKNESS.

Mark: DO YOU THINK

CONGRESS WILL AGREE TO

HAGEL'S PROPOSED CUTS?

YOU KNOW, IN AN ELECTION

YEAR, I DON'T HAVE A LOT OF

HOPE FOR THAT.

BECAUSE COMBINED WITHIN THE

REDUCED END STRENGTH THAT

HAGEL IS LOOKING FOR, HE IS

ALSO TALKING ABOUT SOME

CROSS THE BOARD REDUCTION IN

LOCATIONS AND POSTS.

SO IF YOU HAVE LAWMAKERS

THAT ARE GOING TO BE

FIGHTING FOR THEIR DISTRICTS

AND MAKING SURE THAT YOU

STILL HAVE WHAT WE'LL CALL

BRACH, IF YOU STILL HAVE

POSTS IN THEIR DISTRICTS,

THEY'RE GOING TO NEED

SOLDIERS TO MAN THEM.

Mark: HOW IS AMERICA'S

MILITARY VIEWED AROUND THE

WORLD, WOULD YOU SAY?

AND WILL MILITARY CUTS HURT

THAT VIEW?

I THINK MILITARY CUTS ARE

ALWAYS GOING TO BE PERCEIVED

AS A WEAKNESS BY THE FOLKS

THAT WE CALL ENEMIES.

TERRORISTS ARE GOING TO LOOK

AT REDUCTION IN MILITARY

FORCE AS A WIN FOR THEM AND

A POSSIBLE OPPORTUNITY TO

GAIN THE UPPER HAND.

THE AMERICAN LEGION HAS

ALWAYS BELIEVED IN A STRONG

NATIONAL DEFENSE.

Mark: HAGEL SAYS THE

MILITARY NEEDS TO

MODERNIZE.

WHAT ARE ARE WAYS THE

MILITARY CAN STAY AHEAD?

ALL OF THE MODERNIZATION

IN THE WORLD AND THE BEST

EQUIPMENT IN THE WORLD NEEDS

TO BE MANNED.

SO MAINTAINING A HIGH LEVEL

OF SOLDIER SUPPORT,

MAINTAINING WELL-EQUIPPED

SOLDIERS, MAINTAINING

SOLDIERS WHO ARE CONSTANTLY

TRAINED AND WHO ARE READY

FOR THE BATTLEFIELD, THAT IS

GOING TO BE OUR STRONGEST

DEFENSE.

Mark: OKAY.

THANKS SO MUCH FOR YOUR

INSIGHTS, SIR.

THANK YOU, MARK.

Mark: COMING UP, IS

VENEZUALA ON THE VIRGE OF A

REVOLUTION?

A LOOK AT THE VIOLENT

PROTESTS PLAGUING THE

COUNTRY.

Mark: THE ENTIRE

CABINET OF EGYPT'S INTERIM

PRIME MINISTER RESIGNED

TODAY.

THE MILITARY-BACKED

GOVERNMENT GROUP HAS BEEN IN

POWER SINCE JULY.

BUT TODAY THE PRIME MINISTER

SAID THEY WILL STEP ASIDE.

THE MOVE OPENS THE DOOR FOR

THE NATION'S MILITARY CHIEF

TO LEAVE THE DEFENSE

MINISTER'S POST AND RUN FOR

PRESIDENT.

MANY SAY THAT'S WHAT WAS

BEHIND THE DECISION.

IT IS NOT CLEAR IF

AL-ABWAWI WILL CONTINUE AS

PRIME MINISTER.

A NATIONAL PROTEST IS RAGING

IN VENEZUALA.

AT LEAST 12 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN

KILLED IN PROTESTS THERE.

DALE HURD REPORTS ON WHAT IS

BEHIND THE DEADLY

DEMONSTRATIONS.

Reporter: IT HAS BEEN

13 STRAIGHT DAYS OF VIOLENT

CLASHES IN VENEZUALA.

ON ONE SIDE PRO-DEMOCRACY

FORCES, MANY OF THEM

STUDENTS AND THE MIDDLE

CLASS.

ON THE OTHER HAND, POLICE

AND PRO-GOVERNMENT GROUPS.

CHAVITAS, THEY'RE CALLED,

FOLLOWERS OF HUGO CHAVEZ,

WHO DIED OF CANCER LAST

YEAR.

WHY ARE SO MANY VENEZUALANS

FED UP?

A DISASTER ECONOMY, WITH

SOARING INFLATION AND

SHORTAGES OF BASIC GOODS, A

TERRIBLE CRIME WAVE AND

POLITICAL OPPRESSION UND

CHAVEZ'S SUCCESSOR.

THEY'RE PROTESTING AGAINST

THE GOVERNMENT IN FLORIDA

AND CALIFORNIA AND PANAMA,

WHERE CHUCK HOLTON TALKED TO

SOME OF THEM.

HERE IN PANAMA CITY,

THERE ARE THOUSANDS, MANY OF

WHOM ARE JOINING IN

SOLIDARITY WITH THEIR

COUNTRYMEN BACK IN

VENEZUALA.

BEYOND ALL OF THE BASIC

NEEDS WE HAVE IN VENEZUALA,

WE DON'T WANT COMMUNISM IN

VENEZUALA.

THIS IS THE PEOPLE TRYING

TO FEED THEIR KIDS.

PEOPLE BEING AFRAID OF GOING

OUT TO THE STREETS AND BEING

SHOT.

I HAVE A MOTHER AND

BROTHER IN VENEZUALA.

THEY'RE HAVING A VERY BAD

TIME OVER THERE.

THEY'RE REALLY HORRIFIED OF

WHAT IS HAPPENING OVER

THERE.

Reporter: IN CARACAS,

ENRIQUE TOLD PRESIDENT

MADURO, I WILL NOT ACCEPT

THAT VENEZUALANS WHO THINK

DIFFERENTLY ARE FACISTS.

THE POLITICIAN ACCUSED BY

THE GOVERNMENT OF

INSTIGATING THE

DEMONSTRATIONS IS IN JAIL.

AND RETIRED ARMY GENERAL

ANHILL VIVAS HAS EMERGED AS

A DARLING OF THE

OPPOSITION.

AFTER ENGAGING IN AN ARMED

STANDOFF WITH PERSONS HE

DESCRIBED AS CUBAN AND

VENEZUALAN HING VENEZUALAN

HINCH MEN.

ALTHOUGH IT IS A VERY LONG

SHOT, WHAT HAPPENED IN

UKRAINE JUST MIGHT HAPPEN IN

VENEZUALA.

DALE HURD, CBN NEWS.

Mark: MEANWHILE,

CHRISTIANS IN VENEZUALA ARE

CALLING FOR THE VIOLENCE TO

STOP.

MANY CHURCHES HAVE BEEN

FASTING AND PRAYING FOR

PEACE IN THEIR NATION.

CAESAR IS THE DIRECTOR OF

THE VENEZUALAN EVANGELICAL

COUNCIL.

AND HE SAYS THE POLITICAL

SITUATION HAS BEEN HARD FOR

THE CHURCH.

I CAN TELL YOU THAT THERE

IS PAIN.

THERE IS PAIN BECAUSE MANY

OF THE PEOPLE THAT HAVE DIED

ARE RELATED TO PASTORS'

WIVES.

THIS IS A REALITY THAT

DEEPLY SCARS THE CHURCH.

SO THE CHURCH ALSO RESENTS

THE ACTS OF EXTREME

CRIMINALITY IN THE CULTURE.

THEY TRY TO USE THE MEDIA TO

SHOW THE BEST WAY OF

CONFRONTATION IS DIALOGUE.

THAT'S THE WAY OUR EFFORTS

ARE DIRECTED, AND THAT'S THE

WAY WE HAVE FOCUSED OUR

ACTIONS UNTIL THIS MOMENT.

Mark: HE SAYS THEIR

STANCE IS TO BRING PEACE.

THE CHURCH IS CALLING ON

CHRISTIANS ALL OVER THE

WORLD TO PRAY NOT ONLY FOR

VENEZUALA, BUT FOR ALL OF

THOSE LIVING IN SIMILAR

SITUATIONS.

UP NEXT, FILMING IN THE

HOLLAND.

HOLY LAND.

A LOOK AT MAKING MOVIES IN

ISRAEL.

HOLY LAND OLEKSANDR

TURCHINOV YULHOLY LAND

OLEKSANDR TURCHINOV YULE

THYME

Mark: WELCOME BACK.

MOVIES TAKEN FROM BIBLE

STORIES ARE GROWING IN

POPULARITY.

BUT MOST OF THOSE FILMS ARE

NOT MADE IN THE HOLY LAND.

SOME ARE HOPING FOR THAT TO

CHANGE, AND CHRIS MITCHELL

BRINGS US THE STORY OF ONE

FILM-MAKER ON LOCATION IN

ISRAEL.

GIVE HERE, OH, YOU HOUSE

OF THE KING, FOR JUDGMENT IS

TOWARDS YOU.

Reporter: THE MOVIE

"AMAZING LOVE" TELLS THE

STORY ABOUT THE PROPHET

HOSEA AND HIS UNFAITHFUL

WIFE.

IT BEGINS WITH A MODERN DAY

DILEMMA, WHEN A YOUTH

PASTOR, PLAYED BY SEAN

ASTIN --

ALL RIGHT, EVERYBODY,

LET'S GE GET OUT AND CHECK

AROUND.

Reporter: -- DEALS WITH

A YOUNG GIRL CONSUMED WITH

HERSELF.

ASHLEY, WE'RE ONLY GOING

TO BE HERE FOR THIS

WEEKEND.

DO YOU REALLY NEED ALL THAT

LUGGAGE?

I COULDN'T DECIDE WHAT TO

WEAR.

Reporter: THEY WENT TO

ISRAEL FOR THEIR BIBLE

SCENES.

THIS FILM, "AMAZING LOVE,"

IS BEING SHOT IN THE MODERN

DAY CITY OF NAZARETH, IN

WHAT WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE

NAZARETH 2,000 YEARS AGO.

SITTING IN THE VILLAGE,

THE SETS SPEAK FOR

THEMSELVES.

TO BE ABLE TO SHOOT REAL

STONES AND REAL MUD, THINGS

BUILT TOGETHER BY HAND, AND

HUNE OUT OF ROCK BY GUYS

WITH CHISELS.

NOTHING HERE IS NOT

AUTHENTIC.

EVERYTHING HERE WAS MADE THE

SAME WAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN

2,000 YEARS AGO.

Reporter: KEVIN DOWNS,

WHO STARRED IN THE MOVIE

"COURAGEOUS," DIRECTLY

"AMAZING LOVE."

WHEN HE FIRST CAME TO

ISRAEL, HE STARTED TO

DREAM.

AS A FILM-MAKER, MY MIND

STARTED TO SPIN.

I STARTED THINKING, COULD

YOU SHOOT A MOVIE HERE, MAKE

A STORY HERE, BECAUSE IT

WOULD BE SO IMPACTFUL.

Reporter: DOWNS

DISCOVERED A JOY OF MAKING A

MOVIE IN THE LAND WHERE

JESUS WALKED.

IT WAS MY LIFE'S

PASSION.

SO WHEN WE SHOT OUR FIRST

SHOT ON THE SHORES OF THE

SEA OF GALILEE, IT WAS LIKE

6:48 a.m., I REMEMBER THE

TIME.

I SAT THERE AND A TEAR CAME

DOWN MY CHEEK BECAUSE I FELT

LIKE IT WAS A DREAM COME

TRUE FROM NOW 19 YEARS OR SO

THAT I'VE BEEN DOING THIS.

IT IS LIKE I'M NOW FILMING A

MOVIE RIGHT WHERE JESUS

WALKED, RIGHT IN GOD'S HOLY

LAND.

THE ONE LINE THAT KEEPS

COMING TO MIND IS "LIFE

CHANGING."

DOWNS GOT HELP FROM THE

MOVIE FROM GARY BUYER.

THEY STARTED AN ORGANIZATION

TO BRING FILM-MAKERS AND

STORY-TELLERS TO ISRAEL,

WHAT THEY CALL THE CRADLE OF

CREATIVITY.

WE BRING THEM HERE IN

HOPES THAT THEY WILL -- THAT

WE FEED THAT WELL FROM WHICH

THEY WRITE, OR THEY WILL

DECIDE I'M GOING TO BRING MY

FILM MERE AND DO THAT.

AND THAT HAS ACTUALLY GROWN

TO THE POINT WHERE WRITERS

NOW ARE BRINGING THEIR FILMS

HERE, AND THIS IS THE PLACE

WHERE WE HOST THEM HERE.

WE'LL SCOUT FOR THEM.

THEY'LL SHOOT EITHER ALONG

HERE, THE NORTH SHORE, OR

THEY'LL GO TO THE RESTORED

VILLAGE OF NAZARETH.

IT IS A GREAT PLACE TO

CAPTURE A STORY.

Reporter: BUT WHAT

ABOUT THE DANGERS OF FILMING

IN ISRAEL?

IT IS STRANGE WHEN YOU

THINK ABOUT SHOOTING IN

ISRAEL, BECAUSE YOU READ THE

NEWS AND YOU THINK IT MUST

BE HIGH TENSION THERE OR IT

WOULD BE THIS CRAZY PLACE

YOU WOULDN'T WANT TO COME TO

AND BE DEALING WITH ALL THIS

STUFF.

IT'S REALLY NOT THAT.

FROM THE MOMENT I GOT OFF

THE PLANE, I WAS LIKE WHAT'S

IT ALL ABOUT?

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

WHY DIDN'T I COME HERE ON

VACATION.

Reporter: DOWNS HOPES

TO FILM ANOTHER FILM IN

ISRAEL.

EVERYON EVERY FILM-MAKER

HAS A STORY IN THE BACK OF

THEIR MINDS, AND I'M GOING

TO PRAY ABOUT IT AND MAYBE

SEEK GOD'S GUIDANCE TO BRING

YOU OVER HERE.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, CBN NEWS, ISRAEL.

Mark: UP NEXT, YOU MAY

HAVE HEARD THE TERM "SELFIE"

LATELY, WHERE A PICTURE IS

TAKEN OF YOURSELF.

WE'RE GOING TO LEARN HOW A

UNIVERSITY PROFESSOR STARTED

HIS OWN COLLECTION OF

SELFIES 27 YEARS AGO, AND

HOW A DAILY PICTURE IN THIS

EXPERIMENT IS WORTH MORE

THAN A THOUSAND WORDS.

Mark: PEOPLE TAKING

PICTURES OF THEMSELVES HAS

BECOME A WORLDWIDE

PHENOMENON.

AND WHILE THE POPULARITY OF

SELFIES HAS INCREASED

RECENTLY, ONE MAN WAS 27

YEARS AHEAD OF THE TREND.

BACK IN 1987, HE BEGAN

TAKING PICTURES OF HIMSELF

EVERY DAY.

IT IS PART OF A PROJECT

STUDYING HOW A HUMAN FACE

CHANGES OVERTIME.

HE USES THE SAME CAMERA AND

SAME POSE FOR EVERY PHOTO,

AND HIS GOAL IS TO KEEP

EVERYTHING THE SAME TO

DOCUMENT HOW HIS SKIN AGES.

IT IS A PROJECT WHERE I'M

INTERESTED IN WHAT HAPPENS

TO MY FACE AND FLESH OVER A

PERIOD OF TIME, WHICH IN

THIS CASE IS THE BETTER PART

OF A LIFETIME.

Mark: THE ORIGINAL

SELFIE, FASCINATING.

HE SAYS HE PLANS TO STILL

CONTINUE TO SNO SNAP A

DAILY SELFIE.

THAT'S ALL FOR THIS EDITION

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