How Easter movies have been used to share the biblical story


Juan Pablo Di Pace portrays Jesus in the new film "Resurrection," co-produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey. It is the second in a trilogy they are producing about Jesus and the early church.

People who ascribe to the story of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection say Easter movies can be an effective tool by which Christians can share their faith.

Married co-producers Mark Burnett and Roma Downey — who have tagged themselves as “the noisiest Christians in Hollywood — today released “Resurrection,” the second film in a trilogy they’re co-producing in partnership with MGM about the life and ministry of Jesus and the early church.

“Clearly everybody’s ready for a story about hope, and there’s no greater hope than the Easter story,” Downey said in a Zoom meeting following an advanced screening. “People are grateful to have the content; people are aware it’s a resource for their church and for their families, and people, I think, are ready for a kind of resurrection in their own lives, an opportunity to step outside these tombs of our homes as we’ve been isolated from one another. … The symbolism of the film is appropriate for these times.”

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