Since 93% of online experiences begin with a search engine, it’s probably safe to say that a number of Christian film enthusiasts have used the Internet to find a new movie to watch. Unfortunately for these spiritual cinephiles, they may have missed the trailer for the newly released film “I’m Not Ashamed.”
Producers of the Christian film were furious to learn that YouTube took down their trailer suddenly and with no explanation.
“It’s 11 months we’ve been fighting this battle,” said the movie’s co-writer Bodie Thoene. “They actually took down the trailer and would not permit it to be put up … we’ve lost 11 months of being able to use social media freely. We feel it’s an interference with our freedom of expression.”
The video sharing website did eventually put the trailer back online, saying, “With the massive volume of videos on our platform, sometimes we make the wrong call on content that is flagged by our community. When this is brought to our attention, we review the content and take appropriate action, including restoring videos or channels that were mistakenly removed.”
“I’m Not Ashamed” is now out in theaters, and some critics are saying that it is “what a Christian movie oughtta be.”
“Ashamed” reveals the final days in the life of Rachel Joy Scott, the first victim of the Columbine High School massacre in 1999. It tells the tale of a teenage girl struggling to balance high school life with her Christian values. She’s not popular, but strives to fit in with her small group of friends without compromising her faith. As is the case in most high school dramas, Rachel falls for a boy, but is afraid to be her true self for fear of losing his interest.
Meanwhile, two outcasts plot revenge against classmates they believe have mistreated them.
Everyone knows how the story ends, but it’s Rachel’s journey and how she lives her last days that are so compelling.
The film honors the life of a real girl who made a profound impact in her short lifetime. Because Rachel is such a relatable young woman, and the Columbine story is so well known across the country, critics have noted that the film should speak to Christians and non-Christians alike.
In 2014, 77% of Americans saw at least one film at the theater. If you see just one movie this year, and you’re looking for something powerful with strong Christian values, see “I’m Not Ashamed.”