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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
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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