Monday, September 23, 2013
In 2010, the critically acclaimed documentary "The Adventists" examined the history and core beliefs of the Seventh-day Adventists. Its sequel, "The Adventists 2," widens the lens to explore the global story of this American-born strand of Christianity, including the church's medical mission work internationally and their more than century-old commitment to provide health and healing in some of the most remote regions in the world.
In Haiti, "The Adventists 2" examines the faith-based support given to victims after the devastating earthquake. In Brazil, young missionaries bring much-needed medical support to the most remote regions. In Malawi, Africa, a hospital opened in 1902 as a leper center today treats thousands with HIV-AIDS.
In China, a state-of-the-art hospital exemplifies the collaboration between a conservative religion and a facility of a communist state. And in the Dominican Republic, a team of volunteer doctors and nurses travel annually to a remote part of the world to perform operations and offer critical care to the poor.
“One-point-two billion people in the world have no access to healthcare,” says former World Health Organization official Ted Karpf, featured in "The Adventists 2." “That’s nearly twenty percent of humanity.”
“Health care is extraordinarily important to Adventists,” renowned neurosurgeon Ben Carson says in the film. “We take very seriously the verse in the bible that says your body is the temple of God and you have a responsibility to take care of it.”
Emmy-winning director Martin Doblmeier calls "The Adventists 2," “the most ambitious film project we have undertaken. All of us have been inspired to see how men and women with the talent to heal give of their gifts to help those in need in some of the most remote regions in the world. It’s a compelling story because it reflects the very best of the human spirit.”
"The Adventists 2" is a presentation of SCETV and American Public Television, sequel to the critically acclaimed film "The Adventists," now on Public Television. Directed by Martin Doblmeier; Associate Producer, Deryl Davis; Director of Photography, Nathan DeWild; Production Assistant, John Dillon. A production of Journey Films.