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CBN NewsWatch: March 23, 2018

Lawmakers pass a massive spending bill that includes a measure to end the pay-to-slay policy practiced by the Palestinian Authority. Protestors are taking to the streets in California after police body cam video showed the shooting of an unarmed ... Read Transcript


Announcer: THIS IS

CBN "NEWSWATCH."

Efrem: AND THANK YOU

SO MUCH FOR JOININGS US.

I'M EFREM GRAHAM.

A BUSY FRIDAY IN

WASHINGTON AS LAWMAKERS

PASS A MASSIVE BILL.

ALSO ANOTHER SHAKEUP IN

PERSONNEL INSIDE THE WHITE

HOUSE.

OUR JENNIFER WISHON IS IN

WASHINGTON FOLLOWING THE

DETAILS.

THE MOTION TO CONCUR IS

AGREED TO.

Jennifer: IN THE WEE

HOURS OF THE MORNING,

LAWMAKERS GAVE THE THUMBS

UP TO A $1.3 TRILLION

SPENDING PLAN.

BUT CONSERVATIVES IN BOTH

HOUSES RAILED AGAINST IT,

COMPLAINING THEY HAD JUST

SEVEN HOURS TO READ THE

2200 PAGE BILL, THE LENGTH

OF TWO BIBLES, ONE MEMBER

WROTE.

THE PRICE TAG, THEY SAY,

IS TOO HIGH, AND INCLUDES

ITEMS THEY CAN'T STOMACH,

LIKE MONEY FOR THE PLANNED

PARENTHOOD.

AN ITEM THEY BOTH

CELEBRATED, THE TAYLOR

FORCE ACT, NAMED FOR A

VETERAN BRUTALLY MURDER BY

A PALESTINIAN WHILE

VISITING ISRAEL.

WHEN HIS BODY WAS RETURNED

TO RAMALLAH, HE WAS

WELCOMED HOME A HERO, THE

PALESTINIAN.

THIS BILL, THE TAYLOR

FORCE ACT, SUSPEND ALL

U.S. MONEY TO THE

PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

UNTIL THEY CHANGE THEIR

LAWS, INCENTAVISING THEIR

YOUNG PEOPLE.

Reporter: GRAHAM

CALLS IT A SICK SYSTEM

THAT IS TOO LUCRATIVE FOR

SOME PALESTINIANS TO

RESIST.

WHEN TAYLOR FORCE'S

PARENTS HEARD THE NEWS,

GRAHAM SAYS THEY BURST

INTO TEARS.

THEY WORKED HARD TO EN

SHIRE THEIR SON DIDN'T DIE

IN VAIN.

ON THE OTHER END OF

PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE, A

SHAKEUP IN THE PRESIDENT'S

INNER CIRCLE.

H.R. McMASTER IS

RETIRING FROM THE ARMY AND

WILL BE REPLACED BY JOHN

BOLTON, FORMER AMBASSADOR

TO THE U.N. AND OUTSPOKEN

HAWK ON FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

I THINK THE NATIONAL

SECURITY ADVISOR AND THE

ENTIRE STRUCTURE OF THE

NATIONAL SECURITY

DECISION-MAKING IN THE

UNITED STATES IS INTENDED

TO BE FLEXIBLE, IT IS

INTENDED TO BE ADAPTABLE

TO THE WAY THE PRESIDENT

WANTS TO STRUCTURE IT.

Reporter: BOLTON

ECHOES TRUMP'S TOUGH

POLICIES AGAINST NORTH

KOREA, COMING IN AS THE

ADMINISTRATION PLANS A

SENSITIVE MEETING BETWEEN

THE PRESIDENT AND KIM

JONG-UN.

HIS NEW POSITION ALSO

INCREASES THE CHANCE THE

U.S. WILL PULL OUT OF THE

IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL.

RELATIONS WITH CHINA ARE

ALSO TENSE AFTER THE

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED NEW

TARIFFS ON AS MUCH AS

$60 BILLION IN IMPORTS TO

THE U.S.

TRUMP SAYS HE IS TRYING TO

CONNECT THE NATION'S

$800 BILLION STRAYED

DEFICIT WITH THE WORLD,

HALF OF WHICH COMES FROM

CHINA.

President Trump: I

REALLY BELIEVE THEY CANNOT

BELIEVE THEY'VE GOTTEN

AWAY WITH THIS FOR SO

LONG.

Reporter: CHINA

RESPONDED, TODAY

ANNOUNCING A LIST OF

AMERICAN GOODS, LIKE

APPLES, PORK, AND STEEL,

THAT MAY BE HIT BY A

HIGHER IMPORT DUTY.

[INAUDIBLE]

Reporter: THE

PRESIDENT SAYS HE IS DOING

THINGS FOR THE COUNTRY

THAT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE

LONG AGO.

JENNIFER WISHON, CBN NEWS,

WASHINGTON.

Efrem: AND HERE IS A

LOOK AT SOME OF THE OTHER

STORIES WE'RE FOLLOWING

FOR YOU RIGHT NOW IN THE

CBN NEWSROOM.

PROTESTORS ARE TAKING TO

THE STREETS IN CALIFORNIA

AFTER A BODY CAM VIDEO

SHOWED THE SHOOTING OF AN

UNARMED MAN.

POLICE WERE RESPONDING TO

A 9-1-1 CALL WHEN THEY

APPROACHED THE MAN, STEVEN

CLARK.

THEY ADVANCED TOWARDS HIM

AND THEY SAY HE WAS

HOLDING A GUN, BUT IT

TURNS OUT HE WAS ONLY

HOLDING AN iPHONE.

> STUDENTS AT A

CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL ARE

CALLING ON THEIR PEERS TO

PROTEST ABORTION IN A

NATIONAL SCHOOL WALKOUT.

THIS COMES AFTER A TEACHER

QUESTIONED THE WALKOUT FOR

GUN CONTROL EARLIER THIS

MONTH.

SHE ASKED THAT THE

STUDENTS WOULD BE

GRANDERED THE SAMGRANTEDTHE SAME RIGHTS FO R ISSUES

LIKE ABORTION.

> PRESIDENT TRUMP SAID

HE WANTED TO BAN ALL

PROTESTS FOR TRANSGENDERS

IN THE MILITARY.

IT IS UNCLEAR IF THE WHITE

HOUSE WILL BE ANNOUNCING A

NEW POLICY.

> TOYS "R" US, THE ONCE

DOMINANT CHAIN OF TOY

STORES SUFFERED ANOTHER

BLOW WITH THE DEATH OF THE

FOUNDER.

HE DIED OF RESPIRATORY

FAILURE.

HE OPENED THE FIRST TOYS

"R" US IN 1967 AND IT GREW

INTO A CHAIN OF THOUSANDS

OF STORES TO SELL TOYS.

TOYS "R" US DECLARED

BANKRUPTCY LAST SEPTEMBER,

AND THIS WEEK IT BEGAN

CLOSING DOWN ITS STORES.

> A CHRISTIAN GIRL IS

BEING HELD CAPTIVE BY

ISLAMIC TERRORISTS IN

NIGERIA FOR REFUSING TO

DENOUNCE HER FAITH.

BOKO HARAM RETURNED 101 OF

THE 110 GIRLS THEY

ABDUCTED LAST MONTH.

BOKO HARAM WILL KEEP THE

GIRL UNTIL SHE CONVERTS.

A NIGERIAN HUMAN RIGHTS

GROUP IS CALLING ON THE

COUNTRY'S PRESIDENT TO

ACT.

> EUROPEAN MEMBERS ARE

PREPARING TO TA ACTION

AGAINST RUSSIA AFTER THIS

MONTH'S NERVE GAS ATTACK

IN ENGLAND.

THERESA MAY PRESENTED

EVIDENCE LEADING THE

NATIONS TO AGREE THAT IT

WAS HIGHLY LIKELY THAT

THEY CARRIED OUT THE

ATTACK.

AND SOME COUNTRIES ARE

PREPARING TO TAKE SIMILAR

ACTIONS.

TODAY THE E.U. IS EXPECTED

TO DISCUSS BRITAIN'S EXIT

FROM THE BLOC, AS WELL AS

TRADE AND PROTECTIONISM.

> MANY AMERICANS VISITED

CHINA THIS YEAR TO

PARTICIPATE IN CHINESE NEW

YEAR'S CELEBRATIONS.

INSPIRED BY WHAT THEY

WITNESSED ABOUT THE

COUNTRY, SOME SAY THEY

WANT TO RETURN TO SHARE

GOD'S LOVE TO UNREACHED

PEOPLE.

MUNG FE LI HAS THE STORY.

Reporter: ALL WAS

QUIET AS THE TODAY BEGINS

IN A VILLAGE OF CHINA'S

HUNUNG PROVINCE.

AND MANY HOUSES, LIKE THIS

ONE, THE FLOORS ARE

SPOTLESS.

CHAIRS AND TABLES ARE PUT

AWAY.

DELICIOUS DISHES OF FOOD

ARE ON THE TABLE.

THIS IS A BIG DAY FOR THE

LOCALS.

THEY'RE THRILLED ABOUT

RECEIVING SPECIAL GIFTS.

CHRISTIAN MUSICIAN JOSH

MARTIN TRAVELLED ALL THE

WAY FROM AMERICA TO THIS

SMALL VILLAGE.

SHE TEAMED UP WITH OTHER

INTERNATIONAL MUSICIANS TO

SPEND A FEW DAYS HERE

TEACHING SINGING AND

BRINGING JOY TO THESE

LOVELY CHILDREN.

FOR JOSH, THIS IS NOT HIS

FIRST TIME IN CHINA.

THE COUNTRY HAS A SPECIAL

PLACE IN HIS HEART.

I ORIGINALLY MOVED TO

CHINA IN 2003, AND I'VE

LIVED THERE ON AND OFF FOR

ABOUT EIGHT YEARS.

IT IS AN AMAZING PLACE,

AND I LOVE THE VERY RICH,

OLD CULTURE.

Reporter: A MUSIC

PRODUCER, JOSH SAYS HIS

PASSION FOR MUSIC ALL

STARTED BACK IN COLLEGE.

HE FELT GOD GIFTED HIM

WITH MUSICAL TALENTS.

AND JESUS COULD USE HIM TO

ADVANCE HIS KINGDOM.

PRESENT IN MY EARLIEST

MEMORIES IS SINGING WITH

MY FAMILY.

MUSIC HAS AFFECTED AND

DIRECTED MY LIFE LIKE FEW

OTHER THINGS HAVE.

Reporter: JOSH

DEVELOPED BIGGER GOALS: A

MUSIC PROJECT FOR CHINESE

CHILDREN.

I CHOSE TO DO THIS

ALBUM ACAPPELLA BECAUSE

THERE IS SOMETHING SO

SPECIAL ABOUT THIS

INSTRUMENT, THE HUMAN

VOICE.

ACAPPELLA IS SO PURE, AND

IT IS INCREDIBLY UNIQUE,

AND HERE IN CHINA IT IS

REALLY CUTTING-EDGE

BECAUSE THERE IS VERY

LITTLE ACAPPELLA MUSIC.

IT HAS BEEN FASCINATING TO

SIT BACK AND WATCH GOD

OPEN DOORS.

Reporter: WHEN HE

FIRST MET THESE KIDS, JOSH

FELL DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH

THEM.

OVER TIME, JOSH FELT

SOMETHING SPECIAL TOWARDS

THEM.

CURRENTLY IN ASIA,

THERE ARE ABOUT 87 MILLION

ORPHANS.

EVERY 18 SECONDS SOMEWHERE

IN THE WORLD A CHILD

BECOMES AN ORPHAN.

THESE ARE CHILDREN WHO ARE

OFTEN FORGOTTEN BY

SOCIETY, MANY OF WHOM WILL

NEVER KNOW THE WARMTH OF A

PARENTS' EMBRACE.

Reporter: AMERICAN

SINGER, TEIN STORM, WAS

DEEPLY TOUCHED BY JOSH'S

COMPASSION.

WE HAVE BEEN TRYING TO

OBTAIN TO GOALS: ONE IS

TO PUT OUT GREAT MUSIC,

AND, TWO, TO RAISE MONEY

FOR CHARITY.

Reporter: THEY TOOK A

VACANT GOVERNMENT BUILDING

AND TURNED IT INTO AN

ORPHANAGE.

THAT'S BECAUSE JOSH FELT

GOD WANTED HIM TO GIVE

THESE KIDS MORE THAN JUST

FOOD AND FINANCIAL

SUPPORT: THE LOVE OF

JESUS CHRIST.

JOSH MARTIN IS NO LONGER A

STRANGER TO THOSE

CHILDREN.

THEY FELL IN LOVE WITH

THIS FUNNY AMERICAN GUY.

THEY OFTEN INVITED JOSH TO

JOIN THEM FOR LUNCH, AND

TOLD HIM INTERESTING

STORIES AND TAUGHT HIM

CHINESE WORDS.

[SPEAKING A FOREIGN

LANGUAGE]

Reporter: DURING HIS

RECENT TRIP, JOSH BROUGHT

ADDITIONAL FRIENDS.

MUNG LI IS A CHINESE

RISING MUSIC STAR.

SINGAPOREAN MUSIC STAR

JARED FLEW TO CHINA, TOO.

THE THREE OF THEM ARE

WORKING ON A NEW MUSIC

PROJECT FOR THESE KIDS.

WHEN JOSH SHARED HIS

IDEAS WITH ME ABOUT THE

PROJECT, I WAS VERY

EXCITED.

IT IS THE MESSAGE OF LOVE

TO CHILDREN.

THEY ARE SO CUTE AND OPEN

TO LEARN A LOT OF THINGS.

Reporter: ONLY IN A

FEW DAYS JARED BUILT

MEANINGFUL FRIENDSHIPS

WITH THESE KIDS.

I THINK THEY WILL FIND

SOMETHING UNIQUE THAT

MAKES THEM SMILE AND GIVE

THEM JOY.

Reporter: AS JOSH AND

HIS TEAM CONTINUE TO

TRAVEL AROUND CHINA, HE IS

HOPING THAT GOD WILL BRING

MORE TALENTED MUSICIANS TO

THIS NATION.

MORE IMPORTANTLY, JOSH IS

PRAYING THAT MORE CHILDREN

WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HIS

SONGS AND KNOW THE LOVE OF

JESUS.

MUNG FE LI, CBN NEWS.

Efrem: AND COMING UP,

WE'RE GOING TO GIVE YOU AN

INSIDE LOOK AT THE NEW

FILM "PAUL, APOSTLE OF

CHRIST".

SEE HOW THIS RETELLING OF

A CLASSIC BIBLE ACCOUNT IS

ALREADY TOUCHING LIVES.

Efrem: AND WELCOME

BACKMENT OUTSIDWELCOMEBACK.

OUTSIDE OF JESUS, PAUL IS

ARGUABLY ONE OF THE MOST

FAMOUS FIGURES IN THE

BIBLE.

I HAD THE CHANCE TO SIT

DOWN WITH THE FILM, "PAUL,

APOSTLE OF CHRIST," STARS

AND ITS DIRECTOR.

SET DURING A TIME OF

CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION IN

ROME, "PAUL, APOSTLE OF

CHRIST" FOCUSES ON HIS

FINAL DAYS IN PRISON.

JAMES FAULKNER PLAYS THE

ROLE OF PAUL.

MY LIFE DID NOT BEGIN

WITH HATE.

I DON'T RECALL THAT

FEELING AS A CHILD.

Efrem: PAUL GOES FROM

BEING A PERSECUTOR TO

BEING PERSECUTED.

YEAH.

WOW!

Efrem: HOW IMPORTANT

WAS THAT?

THAT WHOLE STORY IS

EXTRAORDINARY.

IN A SENSE, I'M PREPARED

TO PLAY PAUL BECAUSE I

HAVE PLAYED SO MANY

VILLAINS.

AND THERE IS STILL SOME

LOVE IN ME, AND THIS MAY

REAWAKEN IT.

AND IT DID.

Efrem: H'MMM.

FOR ME IT WAS A

TRANSFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE

TO PLAY PAUL.

Efrem: HOW SO?

YOU CANNOT SAY THOSE

WORDS WITHOUT BELIEVING

THEM.

YOU CANNOT SAY THOSE WORDS

WITHOUT IT CHANGING YOU.

WE CANNOT REPAY EVIL

FOR EVIL.

EVIL CAN ONLY BE OVERCOME

WITH GOOD.

WHAT DID YOU TELL THEM?

LOVE IS THE ONLY WAY.

Efrem: JIM CAVIEZEL

PLAYS THE ROLE OF LUKE.

YOU DELIVER AN

UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE

IN "PASSION OF THE

CHRIST," WHICH ALL THESE

YEARS LATER PEOPLE,

INCLUDING MYSELF, ARE

STILL TALKING ABOUT.

YOU HAVEN'T DONE A

BIBLICAL FILM SINCE THEN.

THAT'S RIGHT.

Efrem: WHAT IS IT

ABOUT LUKE THAT MADE YOU

SAY THIS IS THE RETURN?

IT WASN'T NECESSARILY

ABOUT LUKE.

IT WAS FINDING THE RIGHT

STORY.

WHAT I'M LOOKING FOR IS

COMMON SENSE.

AND THERE WAS A COMMON

SENSE TO THIS.

IT WASN'T A FILM THAT JUST

BEAT YOU OVER THE HEAD.

I REALIZED THAT THIS MOVIE

CAN'T ASSUME YOU DON'T

KNOW WHO GOD IS.

Efrem: THE FILM'S

DIRECTOR, ANDREW HYATT,

ALSO WROTE THE FILM.

FOR HIM, PAUL'S STORY IS

HIS STORY.

I WALKED AWAY FROM THE

CHURCH FOR ABOUT SEVEN

YEARS, AND I THEN I HAD A

MAJOR RECONVERGENCE BACK.

Efrem: IT IS A STORY

THAT TOUCHED MANY ON THE

SET.

I JUST HAPPENED TO GO

THROUGH A PERSONAL

EXPERIENCE THAT WAS SO

ROUGH THIS LAST YEAR -- MY

WIFE LOST HER BROTHER.

WE WERE ON THE PRE PRESIBUS OF

LOSING ONE OF OUR BEST

FRIENDS.

EVERY MORNING WE WOULD GET

UUP AND GO SWIMMING.

AND HERE IS A FILM THAT IS

THAT SUCCESSFUL, AND

YOU'RE TREATED LIKE A BUM

IN THE STREET IN YOUR OWN

INDUSTRY.

AND HE ALWAYS WAS THE

RIGHT KIND OF PERSON THAT

WAS SO AUTHENTIC TO ME

BECAUSE HE ALWAYS GOT ME

FOCUSED ON NOT BEING A

VICTIM.

WHEN HE DIED THIS LAST

YEAR, IT WAS A CROSS THAT

HURT, BUT I WAS ABLE TO

EXCAVATE MY PAIN PLAYING

THIS GUY.

Efrem: IS THIS

PREPARING YOU FOR THE

FOLLOW UP TO "PASSION"?

MOST DEFINITELY.

IT DOESN'T MEAN WE'RE NOT

GOING TO HAVE ANY CROSSES

ALONG THE WAY.

"THE PASSION OF THE

CHRIST" HAD A CROSS THAT

WAS THAT CLOSE TO TAKING

MY LIFE.

LIGHTNING STRIKES,

OPEN-HEART SURGERY -- YOU

KNOW, IT WAS A TRAUMATIC

LOSS OF YOUR HOLLYWOOD

FRIENDS.

BUT WHEN I CHANGE WOULD I CHANGE THAT

DIRECTION?

NO.

IT WAS THE GREATEST THING

EVER.

Efrem: UP NEXT, "I

CAN ONLY IMAGINE" IS

WOWING MOVIE-GOERS AND

SMASHING BOX OFFICE

EXPECTATIONS.

WE'RE GOING TO SIT DOWN

WITH THE MOVIE'S DIRECTOR

TO TALK ABOUT HOW THIS

Efrem: THE FILM, "I

CAN ONLY IMAGINE," IS

WOWING MOVIE-GOERS, AND IT

WAS A SURPRISE HIT AT THE

BOX OFFICE OPENING

WEEKEND.

THE MOVIE IS THE STORY OF

THE LEAD SINGER OF MERCY

ME, BART MILLARD, AND WHAT

LED HIM TO WRITE THE

BEST-SELLING CHRISTIAN

SINGLE OF ALL TIME, "I CAN

ONLY IMAGINE."

JOINING US NOW IS BART

MILLARD.

LET'S BEGIN, IT IS BASED

ON A TRUE STORY.

CAN YOU TELL US REAL QUICK

ABOUT THE INSPIRATION

ABOUFORTHE SONG?

YES.

MY PARENTS DIVORCED WHEN I

WAS THREE.

AND MY MOM REMARRIED, AND

HE WAS A TOUGH PERSON.

MY FRESHMAN YEAR HE WAS

DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER.

AND BY THE TIME HE PASSED

AWAY, MY FRESHMAN YEAR IN

COLLEGE, HE WAS MY BEST

FRIEND.

AND LEAVING THE GRAVE

SITE, MY GRANDMOTHER SAID,

I CAN ONLY IMAGINE WHAT

YOUR FATHER IS SEEING

RIGHT NOW.

AND I BECAME U OBSESSED WITH

HIM.

AND HERE THIS PHRASE IS.

I USED TO WRITE THE PHRASE

ON EVERYTHING I COULD GET

MY HANDS ON.

THE THING ABOUT HIM BEING

BETTER OFF.

IF I WAS ON HOLD ON THE

PHONE, I WOULD WRITE IT

DOWN.

WRITING "I CAN ONLY

IMAGINE" DONE.

WE'RE IN THE BAND, MERCY

ME, AND WE'RE WRITING

RECORDS, AND WE NEED ONE

MORE SONG.

AND EVERY PAGE HAD "I CAN

ONLY IMAGINE" WRITTEN ON

IT SOMEWHERE.

I WAS, LIKE, OKAY, GOD, I

GET IT, AND I WROTE THE

SONG.

I HAD NO IDEA THAT ALMOST

20 YEARS LATER WE WOULD

STILL BE TALKING ABOUT IT.

IT HAS BEEN A CRAZY RIDE.

Efrem: WHAT WOULD YOU

SAY THE SAME MESSAGE OF

THE FILM -- CONSIDERING

THAT REMARKABLE

TRANSFORMATION OF THE FILM

IS, AND WHAT DO YOU THINK

THE MAIN MESSAGE IS?

THE MAIN MESSAGE IS THE

SONG.

WHEN JOHN AND I DECIDED TO

TAKE ON THE MOVIE, WE

SAID, BART, WHAT IS THIS

FILM DELIVERING?

AND HE SAID IT WAS A RUSH

OF HOPE.

WE KNEW THAT WE HAD TO DO

A MOVIE THAT KIND OF

DELIVERED THAT SAME

EMOTIONAL TRANSFORMATION.

I THINK IT IS.

AND I THINK PEOPLE ARE

CRAVING HOPE RIGHT NOW AND

REDEMPTION, SAYING NOBODY

IS BEYOND REDEMPTION.

TO LOOK AT THE NUMBERS FOR

THE WEEKEND, AND THIS

AUDIENCE THAT WE LOVE, TO

SEE THEM SHOW UP,

17.5 MILLION OPENING

WEEKEND IS DOUBLE WHAT

ANYBODY HAD IN THEIR

WILDEST DREAMS.

Efrem: WE KNOW THE

SONG IS SPECIAL, AND THE

FILM IS SPECIAL TO MANY OF

US.

WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE

LIKE MAKING IT?

WAS THAT A SPECIAL

EXPERIENCE FOR BOTH OF

YOU?

IT IS SURREAL FOR ME.

NO ONE HAS WRITTEN A BOOK

SAYING, HERE IS HOW TO ACT

WHEN I MAKE THE MOVIE OF

YOU.

THE FIRST TIME I WAS ONSET

WATCHING DENNIS QUAID OCT ACT

OUT AND BE MY FATHER.

AND REMEMBER SEEING -- I

DIDN'T THINK IT WOULD BE

AN EMOTIONAL THING AT ALL

BECAUSE THESE GUYS ARE

PRETENDING.

BUT TO SEE HIM IN A WORK

SHIRT WITH MY DAD'S NAME

ON IT.

AND THE FIRST SCENE OF HIM

DYING OF CANCER, IT WAS A

PUNCH IN THE GUT.

I WAS FIRST APPROACHED

EIGHT YEARS AGO, WHEN A

PRODUCER IN HOLLYWOOD HAD

THE ORIGINAL IDEA TO MAKE

THE MOVIE.

IT FEELS LIKE FOREVER AGO,

BUT IT HAS TAKEN EVERY BIT

OF THAT FOR ME TO GET IN A

HEALTHY PLACE TO WHERE NOW

I CAN SIT AND ENJOY IT AS

A FAN.

Efrem: ONE CHARACTER

IN THIS FILM IS, OF

COURSE, YOUR MOM.

SHE ENDS UP LEAVING, BEING

A VICTIM OF ABUSE, AS YOU

WERE.

WHAT HAS THIS EXPERIENCE

BEEN LIKE FOR HER, HAVING

THIS PART OF HER LIFE TOLD

AND SHARED?

IT IS BETTER THAN I

THOUGHT.

WHEN THE IRWINS FIRST

INTERVIEWED US ABOUT THE

MOVIE, AND THEY SAID, HOW

DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU'RE

MOM WAS LEAVING, AND I

SAID I FELT ABANDONED.

MY MOM IS A VERY BIG PART

OF MY LIFE NOW.

AND I'M, LIKE, THIS IS

GOING TO KILL HER.

AND I REMEMBER GOING TO

THEM SAYING, HEY, THAT'S

DEFINITELY HOW I FELT, BUT

AS AN ADULT, I REALIZE SHE

WAS IN FEAR FOR HER LIFE

AND THERE IS A LOT MORE

STORY AROUND IT.

THEY REALLY START

EMPHASIZING THOSE SCENES

WHERE YOUNG BART IS KIND

OF DEFENDING HER HONOR AND

STANDING UP TO DAD.

EVEN THOUGH THEY WERE

SUBTLE TWEAKS TO THE

MOVIE, IT MEANT THE WORLD

TO ME AND MY MOM.

WHEN I SHOWED IT TO HER

FOR THE FIRST TIME, SHE

WAS IN TEARS, AND SADLY

THAT'S HOW IT HAPPENED.

AND NOW SHE HAS BEEN AT

THE PREMIERE AND BEEN OUR

BIGGEST ADVOCATE OF THE

MOVIE.

Efrem: WHAT IS YOUR

HOPE FOR THE MOVIE AS IT

EXPANDS ITS REACH AND

AVAILABILITY?

I THINK RIGHT NOW THE

EXCITEMENT -- OUR PLAN

ENDED, YOU KNOW, THE

OPENING WEEKEND.

WE BLEW OUT THE

EXPECTATIONS OF WHAT WE

THOUGHT.

I THINK GOING INTO THIS

NEXT WEEKEND AND EXPANDING

TO ALL OF THE THEATERS,

AND IT GOING TO MARKETS

THAT HAVEN'T SEEN IT YET,

I THINK WE'RE ONLY

SCRATCHING THE SURFACE OF

HOW LARGE THIS FAITH FILM

MARKET IS, AND THE FAMILY

GENRE --

Efrem: INDEED.

-- THAT'S THE MIDDLE

AMERICA VALUES.

I THINK IT WILL CONTINUE

TO BLOW OUR WILDEST

EXPECTATIONS.

I'M EXCITED TO SEE THE

AUDIENCE GROW AND

UNDERSTAND THIS STORY.

Efrem: EXCELLENT.

THANK YOU BOTH, GENTLEMEN.

WE APPRECIATE YOUR TIME.

Efrem: WE LEAVE YOU

WITH THIS THOUGHT THIS

FRIDAY: GOD LOVES YOU,

EVEN YOUR FLAWS.

HE DOESN'T SEE THEM AS

FLAWS AT ALL.

AFTER ALL, HIS STRENGTH IS

MADE PERFECT IN YOUR

WEAKNESS.

WITH THAT WORD, BE SURE TO

MAKE THIS A FABULOUS

FRIDAY AND A WONDERFUL

REST OF THE WEEK.

> YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND

MORE OF OUR EXCLUSIVE

COVERAGE AT cbnnews.com.

WE WOULD LOVE TO HEAR WHAT

YOU THINK ABOUT THE

STORIES YOU'VE SEEN HERE

TODAY.

YOU CAN THAT BY E-MAILING

newswatch@cbn.com.

AND YOU CAN REACH US ON

Facebook, TWITTER, AND

INSTAGRAM.

MAKE THIS A FABULOUS PRIME

MINISTER AND A WONDERFUL

WEEKEND.

WE'LL SEE YOU MONDAY.

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