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Malatya (2009)

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April 18, 2007, Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel, two of the first Turkish Christian converts from Islam, along with Tilmann Geske, a German Christian living in Turkey, were tied up, tortured ... See full summary »

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Nolan Dean

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Nolan Dean (screenplay)
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April 18, 2007, Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel, two of the first Turkish Christian converts from Islam, along with Tilmann Geske, a German Christian living in Turkey, were tied up, tortured with butcher knives and murdered in their own office at a Christian publishing house in Malatya, Turkey. "Malatya" tells the story of these martyrs and how these deaths rocked the marginalized Turkish Christian community, as well as the families of the victims. Additionally, the film reveals the larger persecution against the Christians, why the hostility exists, and how the victims have responded to their persecutors. Written by Anonymous

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USA | Turkey

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English | Turkish

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18 April 2009 (USA) See more »

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Turkey

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$31,000 (estimated)
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Fire Eye Films See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Malatya: Heroes of the Faith
23 August 2012 | by Old-School-BikerSee all my reviews

Malatya is an important piece of storytelling in that it explains the tragic deaths of the first martyrs of the modern Turkish church. In the same way the Book of Acts explains historically what happened to the very first martyr of the Christian faith, Stephen, this documentary fast forwards nearly 2,000 years to explain the details of modern day persecution and martyrdom.

Quite remarkably this documentary is not about finger pointing nor blame. It is a story about forgiveness and hope. It focuses on the bravery of a small national church and their journey of faithfulness. And ultimately, it is not about us at all, but rather it reveals the heart of God in reaching every nation with His gift of redemption.

I honestly don't think it is easy for any human to deal emotionally with the topic of martyrdom. But it really is not about how we die, but how we ought to live that really matters. I applaud the creators of Malatya for a sensitive yet honest account of what happened. This is the type of work that will make you look deep inside of yourself and ask the tough questions of what are you really living for. Is life all about me, or is there a greater purpose worth living for and laying one's life down for?


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