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Baby Bible Bashers

In Mississippi, seven-year-old Samuel Boutwell spends every Saturday with his dad... outside an abortion clinic preaching about the evils of murdering unborn children.
October 5, 2007


In Mississippi, seven-year-old Samuel Boutwell spends every Saturday with his dad… outside an abortion clinic preaching about the evils of murdering unborn children. Terry Durham, a nine-year-old from Florida is a faith healer who some say could be the new savior. And, just so you don’t think America has cornered the messiah market, 12-year-old Ana Carolina Dias preaches to thousands in her native Brazil, and has become the poster child for the country’s right-wing Evangelical movement. In Baby Bible Bashers, BAFTA award-winning filmmaker Amelia Hann considers the lives of these kids, whom their parents all say have been touched by God, though others might consider them exploited, brainwashed by their parents’fanatical beliefs.

Quirks in adults manifest themselves hideously in children, so it’s sometimes difficult for viewers to be objective when faced with such rabid fundamentalism. Are these kids honest evangelicals, or just pawns in a twisted game of their parents’ expectations? Regardless of viewers’ beliefs, they will come away affected.

Partners: Firecracker Films distributed through RDF Rights for Channel 4
Wrapped: September 2007
Length: 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding UK

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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