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Amazing Love: Authentic Movie Making in Israel

You might not realize it, but most movies about the Bible are not made in the Holy Land, something that just may be changing. Read Transcript


I THOUGHTçç ONLY GOD

FORGIVES.

Reporter: SINCE IT WAS

RELEASED, MILLIONS OF U.S.

MOVIE-GOERS HAVE FLOCKED TO

THE GOSPEL MOVIE "SON OF

GOD."

ARE YOU THE SON OF GOD?

Reporter: A DECADE AGO,

THE BLOCKBUSTER "PASSION OF

THE CHRIST" SPREAD THE STORY

OF JESUS AROUND THE WORLD.

YOU MAY NOT REALIZE IT, BUT

THE MOVIE "SON OF GOD" WAS

FILMED IN MOROCCO, AND MEL

GIBSON SHOT "THE PASSION OFç

THEç CHRIST" IN ITALY.

BUT RECENTLY MORE MOVIES

WITH A BIBLICAL THEME HAVE

COME BACK HERE TO THE LAND

OF THE BIBLE.

MY NAME IS JACOB.

Reporter: IT IS A NEW

CHILDREN'S ANIMATED SERIES

INSPIRED WHY THE LEADER

WRITER'S TRIP TO THE

GALILEE, WAS SHOT IN ISRAEL,

AND A TREK TO THE HOLY LAND

ARE RECENT EXAMPLES OF

PROJECTS SHOTç INç ISRAEL.

YOU COULD SAY I'M A

MODERN DAY NOMAD.

Reporter: AND THE 2012

MOVIE RELEASE "AMAZING

LOVE," NOW ON D.V.D. DID

WELL IN THE CHURCH THE

SECULAR MARKETS.

GIVE EAR, ALL OF YOU

HOUSE OF THE KING, FOR

JUDGMENT IS TOWARDS YOU.

Reporter: THE MOVIE

TELLSç THEç STORY ABOUT THE

PROPHET HOSEA AND HIS

UNFAITHFUL WIFE.

HE SPEAKS OF PROSTITUTION

WHILE HIS OWN WIFE IS A

HARLOT.

Reporter: THE FILM WAS

SHOT IN NAZARETH, AND IN A

RECREATION OF WHAT NAZARETH

WOULD HAVE LOOKED LIKE 2,000

YEARS AGO.

CALLED NAZARETH VILLAGE.

THE SETS SPEAK FOR

THEMSELVES.

THE FACILITY HERE TO BE ABLE

TOç SHOOT REALç STONES AND

REAL MUD, THINGS THAT ARE

BUILT TOGETHER BY HAND.

AND MADE OUT OF ROCKS BY

GUYS WITH CHISELS.

NOTHING HERE IS NOT

AUTHENTIC.

EVERYTHING HERE IS MADE THE

SAME WAY IT WOULD HAVE BEEN

2,000 YEARS AGO.

Reporter: KEVIN DOWNS,

WHO STARRED IN THE MOVIE

"COURAGEOUS" DIRECTED

"AMAZING LOVE" WHEN HE FIRST

CAME TO ISRAEL, HE STARTED

TO DREAM.

AS A FILM-MAKER, MY MIND

STARTED TO SPIN, AND Iç

STARTETç THINKING, COULD YOU

SHOOT A MOVIE HERE?

COULD YOU TELL THE STORY

HERE THAT WOULD BE SO

IMPACTFUL.

Reporter: DOWNS

DISCOVERED THE JOY OF MAKING

A MOVIE IN THE LAND WHERE

JESUS WALKED.

IT IS ACTUALLY MY LIFE'S

PASSION.

SO WHEN WE SHOT THE FIRST

SHOT ON THE SHORES OF THE

SEA OF GALILEE, IT

WAS, LIKE, 6:48 a.m. AND I

SATçç THERE, AND A TEAR CAME

DOWN MY CHEEK.

IT IS A DREAM COME TRUE FOR

19 YEARS OR SO THAT I'VE

BEEN DOING THIS.

IT WAS, LIKE, I'M NOW

FILMING A MOVIE RIGHT WHERE

JESUS WALKED, RIGHT IN GOD'S

HOLY LAND.

Reporter: THE ONE LINE

THAT KEEPS COMING TO MY MIND

OVER AND OVER AGAIN IS

LIFE-CHANGING.

Reporter: DOWNS GOT

HELP FOR THE MOVIE BY GARYçç

BYER.

THEY WANTED TO BRING STORIES

TO ISRAEL, WHAT THEY CALL

THE CRADLE OF CREATIVITY.

WE BRING THEM HERE IN

HOPES -- WE FEED THAT WELL

FROM WHICH THEY WRITE, OR

THEY WILL DECIDE, I'M GOING

TO BRING MY FILM HERE.

AND THAT HAS ACTUALLY GROWN

TO THE POINT WHERE WRITERS

NOW ARE BRINGING THEIR FILMS

HERE.

AND THIS IS A PLACE WHERE WE

HOST THEM.

WE'LL SCOUT FOR THEM.

THEY'LL SHOOT EITHERç ALOLg

HERE, IN THE GULON, THE

NORTH SHORE, OR THEY'LL GO

TO NAZARETH.

SO 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.

YOU READ THE NEWS AND YOU

THINK THERE MUST BE HIGH

TENSION THERE OR IT WILL BE

THIS CRAZY PLACE YOU

WOULDN'T WANT TO COME TO AND

BE DEALING WITH ALL OF THISç

STUFF.

AND IT'S NOT LIKETHAT.

FROM THE MOMENT I GOT OFF

THE PLANE, I WAS, LIKE,

REALLY?

THIS IS BEAUTIFUL.

WHY DIDN'T I COME HERE ON

VACATION.

Reporter: DOWNS HOPES

TO SHOOT ANOTHER FILM IN

ISRAEL AND HAS A FILM FOR

OTHER FILM-MAKERS.

I'M GOING TO ENCOURAGE

THEM, YOU KNOW, TO PRAY

ABOUT IT AND SEEK GOD'S

GUIDANCE TO MAYBE BRING YOU

OVER HERE.

Reporter: CHRIS

MITCHELL, NAZARETH VILLAGE,ç

I[R@EL.

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