DVD. 93 Minutes.
A new feature film on St. Polycarp, a 2nd century Bishop of Smyrna who was a disciple of John the Apostle, and considered a Church Father. A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued by Christians in Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. From him she learns about Christ and the Catholic faith. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find the courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth about Christ and choose whom she is willing to live, and die, for.
It's always refreshing to see a film that s thin on dialogue, but dense with meaning. Polycarp took home the top prizes at the recent Christian Worldview Film Festival, which is no surprise given its frank treatment of first century persecution.
I believe every Christian needs to be challenged by this film. Based on real history and real Christians suffering real persecution, it s a message we all need to be reminded of. Christian persecution is already happening in America and it s going to increase if things continue as they are. How would we compare to such a man as Polycarp?
- Ken Ham, president, Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum