I'll start with the DVD. As the preview says, it's a short film about Manhood. This is not a spoiler so don't worry. The DVD follows a young black/African-American man during his 1st summer after he graduates high school. He is staying in the 'hood and has to battle the common temptations/pressures that we have to face daily. It does have a low-budget feel to it, but for me the acting by the main character (and even the supporting cast at times) was so intense that after the first couple of minutes I was into the story and didn't even think about the low-budgetness(?) of it. The movie seeks to portray Jesus in a new way than he is typically shown, and also shows young black men can follow God and still be who they are (Without the sin, of course, but you will have to see the movie for yourself to see what I mean :- .
Also, I've watched movies like State Property back in the day and even though that had a low budget feel to it I allowed myself to be subjected to what they portrayed, so I was able to keep an open-mind to this movie and I have to say it's a blessing. One last thing about the movie is that it used real actors/actresses in the movie and didn't fill the cast with everyone on the recording label like other labels (mainly secular) do. I initially watched the movie w/out the reflections and I have to say depending on the audience that is a good idea. I went back and watched the reflections last and they were powerful.
Now the CD. First, let me say that yes, it's only 7 tracks long. The last 116 album I bought was only about 6 tracks long (Amped
and it was different to buy an album that short but I wasn't disappointed. Again, this time around I wasn't disappointed. The 1st track is the Man Up Anthem, rough beat with the artists goin' hard with the lyrics. It does seem like they're tryin to one up each other but in the end it turned out to be a awesome track. The rest of the album follows this same suit and they do not neglect to give honor and praise to Jesus Christ. The theme of the album (which is an appropriate soundtrack) follows the theme of the movie to the T.
This is perfect for men ministries and youth ministries alike, especially for the young men that are too old for youth ministries and feel like they are too young for the mens ministries, we have a few of those at my church.
Well done Reach/116/Sho Baraka/Man Up cast&staff, well done.