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Fight Church (2014)

Academy Award Winning Director, Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) team up with producers Eben Kostbar and ... See full summary »
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Cast overview:
Paul Burress Paul Burress ... Himself
John Renken John Renken ... Himself
Nahshon Nicks Nahshon Nicks ... Himself
Preston Hocker Preston Hocker ... Himself
Scott Sullivan Scott Sullivan ... Himself
John Duffell John Duffell ... Himself (as Father John Duffell)
Jon Jones Jon Jones ... Himself
Ben Henderson Ben Henderson ... Himself
Jill Burress Jill Burress ... Herself
Tyler Pixley Tyler Pixley ... Background Engineer
Mackenzie Willard Mackenzie Willard ... Background Engineer
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Academy Award Winning Director, Daniel Junge (Saving Face) and director Bryan Storkel (Holy Rollers: The True Story of Card Counting Christians) team up with producers Eben Kostbar and Joseph McKelheer (The Hammer) for a feature documentary about the confluence of Christianity and mixed martial arts, including ministries which train fighters. The film follows several pastors and popular fighters in their quest to reconcile their faith with a sport that many consider violent and barbaric. Faith is tried and questions are raised. Can you really love your neighbor as yourself and then punch him in the face? Written by Anonymous

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Documentary | Sport

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USA

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English

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16 September 2014 (USA) See more »

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Film Harvest,JungeFilms,iMogul See more »
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fascinating view into a troubling subculture
3 January 2015 | by b_imdb-785-173208See all my reviews

This film follows a number of strongly religious MMA fighters that are trying to either reconcile their faith and their fighting or flat out make the two synergize by founding "fight churches". With the exception of one guy that is obviously full of aggressiveness, misogyny, contempt, etc., the people in the spotlight come off as very likable.

What makes this film so fascinating is not so much the fighting, but the close view into the state of mind of a certain kind of evangelical Christianism. And when one of the nice looking dads in the film starts talking about being prepared to strike the devil, his deltoids twitching with excitement, this feels like the beginning of a subtle horror movie.

It's a study into how religion and aggression can feed on each other and this makes this a really timely (and very well made) piece. Striking is made possible by the deep conviction in one's own righteousness. Always with a bible quote on their lips. In particular for European audiences, this also sheds light on the sometimes baffling coexistence of religiousness and violence in the US.


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