One Family’s Redemptive Story Offers Good News to All Families

The Grandfathers received a Redemptive Storyteller Award in the Distinctly Gospel category at the 2011 Redemptive Film Festival. The festival is a showcase for filmmakers whose work expresses God’s redemptive purposes.

This film, EGM’s most recent release, is a motion-graphics documentary by director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green. It explores a young man’s struggle with his own complex heritage, and completes a trilogy that includes End of the Spear and Beyond the Gates of Splendor.

These first two films, also from award-winning director Jim Hanon and producer Mart Green, tell the unforgettable and inspiring story of the killing of five missionaries by a stone-age tribe deep in the Amazon jungle. The impact of this tragic event lives on today in families of these slain men as well as among those responsible for their deaths. Steve Saint, son of one of the five, consulted with Hanon and Green to help bring this incredible story to film.

The Grandfathers exposes both the burden and benefit of the Saint family’s legacy. Jesse Saint, Steve’s oldest son and Nate’s grandson, was not raised among the tribe like his father. He struggled to find his place under the weight of the memory of a famous grandfather he never knew and a heroic father he does not fully understand.

This all changed after Jesse traveled to the jungles of Ecuador with his family and gradually formed a special bond with Mincaye, one of the tribesmen who took part in his grandfather’s murder. Only then does he confront his family’s past and come to terms with his own destiny. And there he finds his place in this story.

Other recognition for The Grandfathers includes:

Best Documentary, 2011 Grand Rapids Film Festival
Second Place, Best Documentary, 2011 NRB TV Showcase
Approval and a 5-Dove rating from the Dove Foundation

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