Beyond the Gates of Splendor [VHS]

Beyond the Gates of Splendor [VHS]

“Beyond the Gates” is a feature length documentary film experience about the Waodani Indians and the missionary men and women who have given their lives to reach them. This powerful emotional journey begins with the Waodani describing their way of life before the missionaries visited them in 1956. Narrated by the son of one of the missionaries and each of the wives of the men who died, the audience takes a nostalgic trip back in time to see how the men and women came to meet up with each other i

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  1. Robin Simmons says:
    97 of 99 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    ASTOUNDING LOVE, September 30, 2005
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    Robin Simmons (Palm Springs area, CA United States) –
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    This review is from: Beyond the Gates of Splendor (DVD)
    It’s rare when a genuinely inspiring, authentically spiritual true story breaks into the secular market place. BEYOND THE GATES OF SPLENDOR (Fox) is a critically acclaimed, word of mouth hit about the unexpected relationships families of murdered missionaries have with the native killers.

    At its heart, it is about nothing less than sacrifice (human) and redemption (Godly).

    This artistic, feature-length documentary story is set among the Ecuadorian Waodani Indians and the missionary men and women who gave their lives to reach them.

    In late 1956, around this time of year, the Los Angeles Times featured headlines that said: “SAVAGES KILL FIVE MISSIONARIES.” It was a big, brutal story that jolted the hearts of readers safely ensconced in the Eisenhower era.

    I was not ready for the emotional intensity of this memorable story that begins with Waodani tribe person describing their way of life prior to the missionaries’ arrival.

    Primitive, archival home movies from the missionary families are intercut with sharp, colorful, contemporary interviews with the Waodani.

    What is so astonishing is seeing how faith and forgiveness can bring love and healing in the most unexpected and extreme of circumstances.

    This superb documentary is an adaptation of Elisabeth Elliot’s book. A theatrical feature based on the murders and aftermath, “End of the Spear,” will be released in 2006.

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  2. H. Mortensen "Panhelga" says:
    90 of 96 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A view from the inside, September 12, 2005
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    H. Mortensen “Panhelga” (Panama City, Panama) –
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    This review is from: Beyond the Gates of Splendor (DVD)
    My family and I live in Panama and we were involved in the filming of “End of the Spear”, a soon-to-be-released feature film made by the same production company and based on the stories in this documentary. I can testify to the very high caliber of the director and all the people involved in making these films. This documentary is well-made, and makes this true story of missionaries gripping and relevant. By the end you feel like you have met these men and understood their story.

    It tells the story of 5 missionaries and their families. They were trying to reach a savage group of killers, the Waoranis of Ecuador, with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Through a number of misunderstandings, the Waoranis killed these men, not understanding that they wanted to be friends. Years later several family members of the murdered missionaries tried again to reach the Waoranis. They lived among them and shared God’s love with them, and today the Waorani culture and people have transformed. Today the murderers of those missionaries are like family members to the missionaries’ families. The story is told through film footage, still photos and interviews with surviving participants. The Waoranis’ interviews are in their language, with English subtitles.

    This film is appropriate for all ages. It’s refreshing to see the story of people so dedicated to an ideal that they will die for it. And then to see these former savage killers, together with the families of those they killed – wow, it’s powerful stuff. Near the end of the shoot here in Panama, we spent an incredible evening meeting both the Waoranis featured in the documentary and several of the family members of the missionaries. The joy and love you see in this film is authentic. The forgiveness and genuine peace among these people, we saw it in them in person.

    Be sure to go see “End of the Spear”, due to be released in January 2006. A lot of the events in it are based on this documentary and the reminiscences you see in it.

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  3. Chris Luallen says:
    47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
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    Outstanding Documentary About A Group Of Missionaries And The Indigenous Tribe They Encountered, November 13, 2005
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    Chris Luallen (Nashville, Tennessee) –
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    This review is from: Beyond the Gates of Splendor (DVD)
    “Beyond the Gates Of Splendor” is the incredible story of five missionary families who go to Ecuador in the 1950’s. Their mission suffers a tremendous tragedy when four of the men decide to attempt to make contact with the Waodani tribe, a culture considered to be among the most violent in the world according to anthropologists. Three Waodanis come out to meet the men and the two groups interact with pleasure and curiousity. But when two of the tribal members, lovers whose relationship is opposed by the tribe, return they make up a story about being attacked by the “foreigners” in order to explain why they had gone off without their escort. The tribe then proceeds to attack and kill the four missionaries waiting by the river. Of course, their families are shattered by this tragedy. But, later on, two of the female missionaries return to Ecuador along with their children. They eventually befriend several of the Waodani women who had left the jungle and finally ended up going back to live with the Waodanis in their rainforest home for several years.

    By the way, I am an atheist who feels that some missionary work can, in fact, have a largely negative impact on the indigenous peoples they are trying to convert. But even I was moved by the the sense of dedication and forgiveness shown by these women when they went to live with the same Waodanis who had murdered their husbands. But, even more so, I was interested in this movie from an anthropological point of view. It was fascinating to hear the comments of the anthropologists who had gone from working with one of the world’s most peaceful tribes in Malaysia to now studying one of the most violent in the Waodanis. It also showed how much all human beings ultimately have in common, as the Waodanis interviewed were generally shown to be intelligent, sensitive people who had formed close friendships with the missionaries and their children despite the fact that the two cultures were so extremely different. It was also inspiring to see how, within a generation, the Waodanis had changed from being an extraordinarily violent society, based on blood feuds and vendettas, to an apparently peaceful one. They were even learning to use advanced technology, including one guy who had learned to fly and repair a small airpane which he used to transport his fellow Waodanis to a town with a hospital. I especially liked when the film showed the Waodanis watching old footage from World War II. The Waodanis considered the bomber pilots to be the worst type of “savages” because they were killing people that they didn’t even know. In other words, don’t get too self-righteous about our “advanced civilization” because even one of the world’s most violent tribes is appalled by the methods of modern warfare.

    Beyond the incredible story, this is also a well made and beautifully shot documentary which kept me intensely absorded the entire time. My wife, a latina who grew up in Ecuador, was also captived. She said, during her childhood, the Waodanis had a reputation among all Ecuadorians as an especially violent and aggressive people. In fact, one of her sisters, who was considered to have a bad temper, was nicknamed “Auca” (another name for the Waodanis) and the family would make fun of her by imitating Waodani dances when she would get mad. They even had a fake spear made up for her as a joke.

    I would recommend this movie to anyone, but especially those interested in indigenous societies and the vast potentialites of human nature and human culture.

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