Amateur filmmaker Erik Koto emailed me this morning to announce his first ever documentary entitled Jesus Freaks that he co-created with Robert Nachbar.
Jesus Freaks chronicles the events of Creation Fest Northwest, a four day Christian rock festival in George, Washington. The official site describes the event as follows:
“From all over the world, people from all walks of life make their pilgrimage to the Creation Festivals to rock to the music, to have fellowship with other believers, to camp under the stars, to connect, to worship, and to experience Godâ€™s Word as it comes alive.”
Having watched the 25-minute documentary I must say that I found it quite interesting. There isn’t anything in there that readers of this site will find shocking, but I do have a few comments to make.
The vast majority of people attending the festival, and thus interviewed, were teenagers. I couldn’t help but feel somewhat sorry for most of these kids. Many appeared to have the type of issues you would expect in teenagers… drugs, friends, etc. And it seemed that many turned to Jesus for a sense of belonging because for some reason or another they just couldn’t find themselves. These kids just want to be accepted. They want a sense of belonging and Christianity filled that need for many of them.
What I would have liked to see is a little more of an in-depth interview with some of these kids. Do they truly understand their religion or is it just a “gang” of sorts that provides them a sense of belonging? I got the distinct impression that most of these youths really don’t understand religion or spirituality.
Take a look at the movie at let me know what you think. If there is enough interest I can ask the filmmakers to answer some of your questions.
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