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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
Andrew Tracy joined Realscreen as associate editor in 2021, following 17 years as managing editor of the award-winning international film magazine Cinema Scope. From 2010 to 2020 he also held the position of senior editor at the Toronto International Film Festival, where he oversaw the flagship publication for the organization’s year-round Cinematheque programming and edited its first original monograph in a decade, Steve Gravestock’s A History of Icelandic Film. He was a scriptwriter and consultant on the first season of the Vice TV series The Vice Guide to Film, and his writing and reporting have been featured in such outlets as Cinema Scope, Reverse Shot, Sight & Sound, Cineaste, Film Comment, MUBI Notebook, POV, and Montage.

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