I Am Israel Film Portrays Beauty of Israel and the Jewish People

I Am Israel Film Portrays Beauty of Israel and the Jewish People

Writer, director and cinematographer David Kiern talks with Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson about his new documentary I Am Israel. Actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his roles in the Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings series, narrates the film, which tells the story of the miraculous rebirth of the land and the regathering of the Jewish people.

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: David Kiern

 

Writer, director and cinematographer David Kiern talks with Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson about his new documentary “I Am Israel.”

 

Actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his roles in the Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings series, narrates the film, which tells the story of the miraculous rebirth of the land and the regathering of the Jewish people.

 

Introduction

Chris Johnson: This is Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson. The media often negatively portrays Israel. But there's a new film that aims to fight against that negativity, and show the beauty of Israel and its people so rarely seen in the news. “I am Israel” tells the story of God's hand on Israel, through the miraculous rebirth of the land and the regathering of the Jewish people. I'm here with the director of the film, David Kiern. David, tell us about “I am Israel.” What's it about?

 

David Kiern: “I am Israel” is a movie about the hand of God on the land of Israel, and the miraculous things that are happening in that land in our time, in our generation. It's an epic film that takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the land of the Bible, and introduces them to real life Jewish men and women whose very lives are a testament to the promises of God.

 

Chris Johnson: Where did the idea for I am Israel come from?

 

David Kiern: The idea for “I am Israel” originally came about a couple years ago, when I was invited to come to Israel. I'm a documentary filmmaker, and I had done films about Mount Everest, and in India, Cuba, and in South Africa. A friend of mine invited me to come with him to Israel and said, David, I want you to come and I just want to go around for 10 days and meet with people and see if there's a story that could be done here in Israel. I said, great, that sounds fantastic. When I got there, I was blown away by a couple of things. The two biggest things were this: The Land of Israel is absolutely gorgeous. I had never understood that. Every picture I'd seen of Israel in the media looks very dusty, it looked very dirty, it looked like a place that I wouldn't want to go visit. Even in every Bible movie that I ever seen, the big famous Bible movies that we all love, they shoot those movies in the desert, they shoot those movies in Morocco, and the rocky mountains of Spain and places like that. They don't shoot Bible movies in Israel. So, when I got to Israel, and it was the springtime, it was unbelievable. It was green, and the water, with the rivers and the lakes … the water was blue, and the sky was blue, and the land was green. It was just this gorgeous thing. And I said, wow, if we could capture this, that would be something. But the second thing that really floored me when I was there was throughout our trip, it seems we had breakfast, lunch and dinner with different Jewish people throughout the entire land, from the north to the south. They didn't know each other. We were meeting with them individually. But they were all, in a sense, telling me the same story. We would ask questions, and we would get to know one another. They all wanted to tell me how they came to Israel, or how their daddy came to Israel, or how their grandparents came to Israel. They were all telling me essentially their Aliyah story, which is their return home story. After this happened over and over again, it brought to mind the passages in Jeremiah, which come up twice in Jeremiah, where God says that no longer you're going to talk about how I brought you out of Egypt. But, there's going to come a day when you're going to talk about how I brought you from the north and the south and east to the west back to the land of Israel. I kind of felt like that's what was going on. That’s what everybody was telling me when I was there. I said, wow, there's something miraculous going on here. During that trip, we really came away with the with the mission. with the goal of making a movie that would that would show people what God is doing, this miraculous thing, this very, prophetic thing in Israel through the rebirth of the land, and the regathering of the Jewish people.

 

Chris Johnson: What was your approach and telling the story?

 

What They’re Saying About I am Israel

 

·         “Stunning. The Bible literally comes alive!” (CBN News)

·         “Thrilling. See This movie! (WND)

·         “An amazing story.” (Kehila News)

·         “I am Israel serves as a reminder of the miracle of the Jewish pepole returning home after 2,000 years.” (Jerusalem Post)

 

David Kern: The approach to making the movie was that we wanted to make it feel like an IMAX movie. We wanted to make it feel like a really high-end National Geographic movie. But at the same time, most big budget Bible documentaries or Israel documentaries usually start off with the thesis of does God exist? Did King David exist? Did Moses exist? Or were these just made up stories? That was definitely not our approach, which is one of the things that makes this movie stand out. Our approach from the very beginning is that the filmmakers behind this movie, we believe in the Bible, we believe in Abraham, we believe in Isaac and Jacob. We believe in Christ because we're Christian filmmakers. So, we wanting to make a movie that, from the get-go, that's our thesis. So, what does the Bible have to say about the prophetic thing that God is doing right now in the land of Israel? That was kind of our approach to making the movie. In terms of storytelling, how do you tell the story of the regathering of the people especially? And how do you even show off the land without it being too academic? What I wanted to do was take six different main characters, have those six different main characters live and work in various parts of the country, and have them represent a theme, an essence of the rebirth of Israel. So, in the beginning of the movie, we start off on the mountain of Moreh, which is from Genesis 12.

 

·         Genesis 12:6: “Then Abraham passed through the land to the place of Shachem, to the oak of Moreh.”

 

This was the very mountain where Abraham came up to the top of the mountain and God says, stop. And He says, look at all over the land. He says that everything you see will belong to you and your and your descendants. That’s actually where we open the movie with a great grandfather and his two grandchildren. They come up there at sunrise, and he talks about how this mountain means a lot to him and his family and how they come and visit this mountain because this is really where the story of Israel in the land of Israel began, on this mountain. We then move to telling the story of this adventurous cowboy up in the north. We tell the story of one of the one of the great artists, one of the great painters of Israel that lives on the coast lands. We go underground to Jerusalem, through all these different archaeological tunnels and these ancient ruins and things with a female tour guide whose grandfather was in the Holocaust. So, she brings this interesting perspective of her family, of being connected to the history of Israel and Jerusalem. But also, it's a very personal thing for her. That's how we wanted to tell the story. We wanted to tell the story on an emotional level, on a spiritual level. There's even an element of adventure to it. But you really feel like you get to meet all of these characters and come away after you've seen the movie with a feeling like you've seen a part of Israel that you've never really experienced before. We believe this is actually the true Israel. This is this is the Israel that you don't see in the news, the Israel that the media will not present, which is this beautiful, thriving land of the Bible where prophetic things are happening there today.

 

Chris Johnson: Your film was invited to screen in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem. Tell us about that.

 

David Kern: We were invited to screen at the Knesset in Jerusalem and the Knesset, just like our Congress. It's their parliament in Jerusalem. It was a huge honor because what was told to me was this was the first time a Christian director had been invited to show their movie in the Israeli Knesset. That was absolutely a huge deal for me. The Israeli Knesset wanted to honor the Christians that are today, standing with Israel, and also working in the land there and working to to try to show the rest of the world the beauty and the truth of the Jewish people. So, we were invited to show the movie in front of their leadership.

 

Chris Johnson: How can people see “I am Israel?”

 

David Kern: The best way people can see “I am Israel” is if they go to our website, IamIsrael film.com. The movie is on DVD, it's on blu-ray. You can buy the movie and show your friends and your family, you can give them away as gifts. We also have this free offer. Any congregation in the entire world can download the movie and showed in their congregation for free. It's completely free. Over 4,500 churches, and congregations all over the world have done this. We've heard from these congregations that have shown the movie to their people. There are a couple things that they always come away with that we get notes about. They say they never knew Israel looked this beautiful. They just had no idea. A lot of people say they never wanted to go to Israel until they saw this movie. It's a totally different portrayal than they’ve ever seen. If you break it down, the movie is really about the proof of God and the fact that God is on the move in this world; that things were written in the beginning of our Bible, these prophetic things, and they're unfolding now in our time. So, in a sense, the movie is about God is on the move in this world. IamIsraelfilm.com is where people can see the movie.

 

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Episode Notes

Charisma Connection

Guest: David Kiern

 

Writer, director and cinematographer David Kiern talks with Charisma Connection host Chris Johnson about his new documentary “I Am Israel.”

 

Actor John Rhys-Davies, best known for his roles in the Indiana Jones and The Lord of the Rings series, narrates the film, which tells the story of the miraculous rebirth of the land and the regathering of the Jewish people.

 

Introduction

Chris Johnson: This is Charisma Connection. I'm Chris Johnson. The media often negatively portrays Israel. But there's a new film that aims to fight against that negativity, and show the beauty of Israel and its people so rarely seen in the news. “I am Israel” tells the story of God's hand on Israel, through the miraculous rebirth of the land and the regathering of the Jewish people. I'm here with the director of the film, David Kiern. David, tell us about “I am Israel.” What's it about?

 

David Kiern: “I am Israel” is a movie about the hand of God on the land of Israel, and the miraculous things that are happening in that land in our time, in our generation. It's an epic film that takes viewers on a cinematic journey through the land of the Bible, and introduces them to real life Jewish men and women whose very lives are a testament to the promises of God.

 

Chris Johnson: Where did the idea for I am Israel come from?

 

David Kiern: The idea for “I am Israel” originally came about a couple years ago, when I was invited to come to Israel. I'm a documentary filmmaker, and I had done films about Mount Everest, and in India, Cuba, and in South Africa. A friend of mine invited me to come with him to Israel and said, David, I want you to come and I just want to go around for 10 days and meet with people and see if there's a story that could be done here in Israel. I said, great, that sounds fantastic. When I got there, I was blown away by a couple of things. The two biggest things were this: The Land of Israel is absolutely gorgeous. I had never understood that. Every picture I'd seen of Israel in the media looks very dusty, it looked very dirty, it looked like a place that I wouldn't want to go visit. Even in every Bible movie that I ever seen, the big famous Bible movies that we all love, they shoot those movies in the desert, they shoot those movies in Morocco, and the rocky mountains of Spain and places like that. They don't shoot Bible movies in Israel. So, when I got to Israel, and it was the springtime, it was unbelievable. It was green, and the water, with the rivers and the lakes … the water was blue, and the sky was blue, and the land was green. It was just this gorgeous thing. And I said, wow, if we could capture this, that would be something. But the second thing that really floored me when I was there was throughout our trip, it seems we had breakfast, lunch and dinner with different Jewish people throughout the entire land, from the north to the south. They didn't know each other. We were meeting with them individually. But they were all, in a sense, telling me the same story. We would ask questions, and we would get to know one another. They all wanted to tell me how they came to Israel, or how their daddy came to Israel, or how their grandparents came to Israel. They were all telling me essentially their Aliyah story, which is their return home story. After this happened over and over again, it brought to mind the passages in Jeremiah, which come up twice in Jeremiah, where God says that no longer you're going to talk about how I brought you out of Egypt. But, there's going to come a day when you're going to talk about how I brought you from the north and the south and east to the west back to the land of Israel. I kind of felt like that's what was going on. That’s what everybody was telling me when I was there. I said, wow, there's something miraculous going on here. During that trip, we really came away with the with the mission. with the goal of making a movie that would that would show people what God is doing, this miraculous thing, this very, prophetic thing in Israel through the rebirth of the land, and the regathering of the Jewish people.

 

Chris Johnson: What was your approach and telling the story?

 

What They’re Saying About I am Israel

 

·         “Stunning. The Bible literally comes alive!” (CBN News)

·         “Thrilling. See This movie! (WND)

·         “An amazing story.” (Kehila News)

·         “I am Israel serves as a reminder of the miracle of the Jewish pepole returning home after 2,000 years.” (Jerusalem Post)

 

David Kern: The approach to making the movie was that we wanted to make it feel like an IMAX movie. We wanted to make it feel like a really high-end National Geographic movie. But at the same time, most big budget Bible documentaries or Israel documentaries usually start off with the thesis of does God exist? Did King David exist? Did Moses exist? Or were these just made up stories? That was definitely not our approach, which is one of the things that makes this movie stand out. Our approach from the very beginning is that the filmmakers behind this movie, we believe in the Bible, we believe in Abraham, we believe in Isaac and Jacob. We believe in Christ because we're Christian filmmakers. So, we wanting to make a movie that, from the get-go, that's our thesis. So, what does the Bible have to say about the prophetic thing that God is doing right now in the land of Israel? That was kind of our approach to making the movie. In terms of storytelling, how do you tell the story of the regathering of the people especially? And how do you even show off the land without it being too academic? What I wanted to do was take six different main characters, have those six different main characters live and work in various parts of the country, and have them represent a theme, an essence of the rebirth of Israel. So, in the beginning of the movie, we start off on the mountain of Moreh, which is from Genesis 12.

 

·         Genesis 12:6: “Then Abraham passed through the land to the place of Shachem, to the oak of Moreh.”

 

This was the very mountain where Abraham came up to the top of the mountain and God says, stop. And He says, look at all over the land. He says that everything you see will belong to you and your and your descendants. That’s actually where we open the movie with a great grandfather and his two grandchildren. They come up there at sunrise, and he talks about how this mountain means a lot to him and his family and how they come and visit this mountain because this is really where the story of Israel in the land of Israel began, on this mountain. We then move to telling the story of this adventurous cowboy up in the north. We tell the story of one of the one of the great artists, one of the great painters of Israel that lives on the coast lands. We go underground to Jerusalem, through all these different archaeological tunnels and these ancient ruins and things with a female tour guide whose grandfather was in the Holocaust. So, she brings this interesting perspective of her family, of being connected to the history of Israel and Jerusalem. But also, it's a very personal thing for her. That's how we wanted to tell the story. We wanted to tell the story on an emotional level, on a spiritual level. There's even an element of adventure to it. But you really feel like you get to meet all of these characters and come away after you've seen the movie with a feeling like you've seen a part of Israel that you've never really experienced before. We believe this is actually the true Israel. This is this is the Israel that you don't see in the news, the Israel that the media will not present, which is this beautiful, thriving land of the Bible where prophetic things are happening there today.

 

Chris Johnson: Your film was invited to screen in the Israeli Knesset in Jerusalem. Tell us about that.

 

David Kern: We were invited to screen at the Knesset in Jerusalem and the Knesset, just like our Congress. It's their parliament in Jerusalem. It was a huge honor because what was told to me was this was the first time a Christian director had been invited to show their movie in the Israeli Knesset. That was absolutely a huge deal for me. The Israeli Knesset wanted to honor the Christians that are today, standing with Israel, and also working in the land there and working to to try to show the rest of the world the beauty and the truth of the Jewish people. So, we were invited to show the movie in front of their leadership.

 

Chris Johnson: How can people see “I am Israel?”

 

David Kern: The best way people can see “I am Israel” is if they go to our website, IamIsrael film.com. The movie is on DVD, it's on blu-ray. You can buy the movie and show your friends and your family, you can give them away as gifts. We also have this free offer. Any congregation in the entire world can download the movie and showed in their congregation for free. It's completely free. Over 4,500 churches, and congregations all over the world have done this. We've heard from these congregations that have shown the movie to their people. There are a couple things that they always come away with that we get notes about. They say they never knew Israel looked this beautiful. They just had no idea. A lot of people say they never wanted to go to Israel until they saw this movie. It's a totally different portrayal than they’ve ever seen. If you break it down, the movie is really about the proof of God and the fact that God is on the move in this world; that things were written in the beginning of our Bible, these prophetic things, and they're unfolding now in our time. So, in a sense, the movie is about God is on the move in this world. IamIsraelfilm.com is where people can see the movie.

 

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