End of the Spear
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END OF THE SPEAR is largely a movie about the Waodani people. The Waodani are a people that live in the jungles of Ecuador. Despite the pressures of the outside world that continued to squeeze the environment and resources of the Waodani, they continued to live a self-sufficient and self-contained life in the jungle. That is, except for one crucial element: the Waodani were killing themselves to death. For whatever reasons, the Waodani had split into different tribes. The lack of resources and women caused the tribes to perform raids upon each other. If a child lived after one of these raids, he would grow up to seek revenge upon those who had killed his family. Thus, back and forth the violence continued for several generations until only a handful of Waodani were left and they were on the verge of a self-inflicted genocide.
They were saved by a group of missionaries. Five young men slowly made contact with the tribe. Eventually, they attempted to have a face-to-face interaction with members from the tribe. The attempt ended in the murder of the five men (Jim Elliot and Nate Saint included). Undeterred the wives and families of the murdered men contacted the tribe and came to live with them.Read more ›
It was in 1956 and the news blared across the world. Most older people will remember that story well. There was a large photo spread and coverage in LIFE MAGAZINE and it was quite the talk of the world for a while.
After these men were murdered, some of the wives of the murdered men went to live (touting their young children) with the tribe as a sort of an oxymoron- to get something out of their husband's lives being given up- so that they would not have died in vain.
Eventually, the tribe had a huge transformation and they are completely different people today.
Sounds kind of boring - at least it did to me- why would I want to see such a story? I mean these men knew what they were getting in to (4 or 5 other men were murdered in the previous decade so they knew what they were up against), I was puzzled as to the big shock of the murders..........
END OF THE SPEAR is the story told from the more compassionate and youthful perspective of Steve Saint, son of Nate Saint, one of the murdered US citizens. Instead of the dry statistical account of the situation, suddenly I found myself experiencing the entire event as if Nate Saint was my father and I was his son.
This story is told from the perspective of the Waodani tribe who open themselves up with a childlikeness that's both beautiful and disarming.Read more ›
For many years this event, as related in Elisabeth Elliot's book "Through Gates of Splendor", has inspired generations of Christians to lives of missionary zeal and selfless service. The film beautifully captures the poignant drama of this moving story. The cinematography and music are superb, and the performances are excellent. The native actors do a splendid job, and the film is a fascinating study of the (then) lawless and violent Waodani culture. The script hits the right emotional notes without being syrupy, and the story is skillfully told.
What keeps this movie from being a five-star film isn't what's IN the film, but what MISSING - a clear presentation of the Gospel that the missionaries were willing to die to proclaim. This retelling alludes to the Gospel in a murky way, but one could easily get the impression that the missionaries merely wanted to end the Waodani's murderous ways and make them "better people". A few might even think that they were interfering, Western do-gooders who got what they deserved when they tried to interfere with Waodani culture.Read more ›
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We love this movie! What a wonderful story of men who gave their lives to share the Gospel! I highly recommend this movie!Published 19 days ago by Robyn Wilson
Great story, a must for anyone contemplating a mission trip.
My copy had difficulty during playback. It would hang and skip.
We were very disappointed in this DVD because it did NOT have closed captioning for the hearing impaired. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Shellie
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