Encore planned for 'Irreplaceable,' a film that champions traditional families
Over 113,000 people in North America watched the film "Irreplaceable" as part of a one-night screening event May 6, according to Focus on the Family, and an encore has been planned for May 15.
“The faith audience has spoken, and their voice for the family could not be louder," said Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family, the organization that produced the film, in a news release. "We are humbled by the positive response to our film and encourage families to share how the film impacted them. We hope those who enjoyed the movie the first time around will bring their friends and loved ones to our May 15 encore."
Tim Sisarich, executive director of Focus on the Family New Zealand, traveled the world to explore the answers to two questions: What is family, and does it still matter in today’s society? His answers can be found in "Irreplaceable," the first in a series of feature-length documentaries that looks at the concept of the family from many different angles.
Paul Batura, vice president of communications for Focus on the Family, said one man was so moved after watching the documentary that he left the theater when the movie ended and called his father, with whom he had been estranged. According to Batura, the two have since reconciled.
“The film reminds us that there are no perfect families," Batura said. "Even if we’ve been hurt by family dysfunction — and even if we’ve been the perpetrators of family dysfunction — there is always the hope of redemption and a second chance. It’s never too late to be a better father, mother, sister or brother."
“Irreplaceable” addresses the "definition of family," which Batura calls "one of the critical issues of our time."
"This documentary approaches the topic from a number of different angles and makes the case that the historical, biblical definition of the family represents the best hope for our culture,” Batura said.
Information on the encore screening and locations can be found at irreplaceablethemovie.com. Several theaters along the Wasatch Front participated in the May 6 screening, and three are currently scheduled to participate in the May 15 encore: Cinemark 16 in Provo, Cinemark Draper and Cinemark University Mall in Orem. The DVD release date for "Irreplaceable" has not been announced yet but is forthcoming. The Focus on the Family DVD "The Family Project," which explores the themes of "Irreplaceable" in greater detail, is currently available.
“The love that we first experience in the family is the foundation for loving our neighbors, and that can ultimately extend to America as a whole,” said Jim DeMint, former U.S. senator and current president of the Heritage Foundation, while endorsing the film.
Ben Tullis is an intern at the Deseret News and a freelance writer and copy editor. He graduated from Utah Valley University in April 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English. He lives in Pleasant Grove with his wife and 2-year-old boy.
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