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After years of planning, fundraising and production, Chester Stanley, former president of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia, saw his dream come true with the completion of the Tell the World cinematic production, which tells the history of the global denomination’s pioneers.
Tell the World was produced by Hope Channel, the official broadcast network of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, in Australia. It is also the largest media production in the denomination’s history. Its story of the birth and development of the early Advent movement was brought to life by 95 actors, 157 crew members and 1,000 extras.
Tell the World will allow viewers to see the Advent pioneers wrestle to understand scripture, debate theology and overcome bitter disappointment; but through it all, the pioneers were led and inspired by God as they journeyed to find the truth.
The world headquarters of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is coordinating the distribution of the project, which will be available in three formats: short historical clips that will be released in August 2016; a television series of six episodes that will air on Hope Channel and stream online in October 2016; and a feature length film that will be available on streaming services, including Netflix, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play at a later date.
The month of October was selected to air Tell the World to help members remember the Great Disappointment of October 22, 1844. The date represents an event in the early history of several Christian denominations, including Adventism, when Jesus did not to return to Earth on as some has expected. Between 1831 and 1844, Baptist preacher William Miller launched the “great second Advent awakening.” Based on his study of Daniel 8:14, Miller calculated that Jesus would return sometime between 1843 and 1844. Others calculated a specific date of October 22, 1844. When Jesus did not appear, Miller’s followers experienced what came to be called “the Great Disappointment.”
The project was designed for members to connect with the Church’s movement and to rediscover what it means to be an Adventist. Tell the World will also provide an opportunity for people who are unfamiliar with the Church to gain a deeper understanding of the denomination that has more than 19.1 million members worldwide.
“I believe we are all convinced that this film will be a tremendous spiritual encouragement to God’s people and the public,” said Ted Wilson, president of the Seventh-day Adventist world church.
Tell the World will be dubbed in French, Spanish and Portuguese. Over the course of three years, subtitles will be available in the 30 most spoken languages of the world. Volunteers are needed to translate the project into the additional 30 languages. If interested, please apply at adventist.org/telltheworld.
For those who want to host viewings of Tell the World, please visit adventist.org/telltheworld to register your event.