'Father Forgive Him'
(DVD / NR / 2015 / Cinedigm Entertainment)
Overview: 'FATHER FORGIVE HIM' seeks to explore the exploitation and sexual abuse of power within church leadership.
DVD Verdict: Directed by Ty Johnston, it's no word of a lie, nor is it something that you hardly expected to hear, but 'Father Forgive Him' not only takes a hard look at the horrible subject matter to hand, but it is, in itself, a hard watch too.
As we all know, Christianity is rooted in faith and a desire to find a direct path to the Divine. Our church leaders are expected to lead by example, but recent scandals rock the very foundation of the Church they strive to build.
Ergo, in an era of mega-churches, televangelism and mass media, an evolution has occurred in modern-day Christianity across all denominations. The Pulpit has more power, influence and mystique than ever before - which has subsequently become its downfall in certain, closed off quarters, and behind-the-scenes "personal, private, and completely unacceptable activities.
As 'Father Forgive Him' reveals as it tells its multiple tales, these guilty seek relief for their misgivings and from their tribulations. Often these congregants are made up of the most vulnerable and downtrodden, sure, but that doesn't make it open season on them either.
Featuring Rev. Al Sharpton and author/actress Sherri Shepherd, the question repeatedly asked is What happens when these most desperate individuals are abused by, and become prey to those very individuals whom they entrust to lead them to their salvation? 'Father Forgive Him' is a film that exposes the reality of today's Christian Church culture and the abuse of power that so often exists. As for the title, no, I think not, sorry. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:85.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Feature of: