Mili Note: this short film has scenes containing violence. Some may not want to see that, so you have been warned. Otherwise, enjoy! It’s probably not what you think.
In a dystopian near future where the separation of Church and state has been abolished and a tyrannical theocracy now rules, a young Military Police officer faces a crisis of conscience after his brother – a radical anti-government pastor – gets black-bagged for speaking out against the regime.
“Liberation” was created for the 2013 168 Film Project, a Christian speed film-making competition. Teams had 10 days to write and plan a film based around their assigned Bible verse, and 7 days to film and edit it. Naturally, with such limitations, we decided to make our most ambitious film to date.
The verse our team ended up getting assigned was Exodus 30:16, which in the NIV reads:
“Receive the atonement money from the Israelites and use it for the service of the tent of meeting. It will be a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD, making atonement for your lives.
Needless to say, turning that into a film was… Challenging. And the route we took was far from orthodox. For whatever reason, we didn’t make it into the festival (we’ll let you draw your own conclusions as to why…), but we still brought you guys a film that we’re proud of.