Jesus in Russia

(Presently in the YAP Films Library)

60 minutes • Documentary • Produced in association with: CBC • Production year: 1996

Jesus in Russia: An American Holy War takes viewers inside the crusades of two extremely colourful American evangelists as they preach, pray, and heal their way across a troubled land.

In the wake of the collapse of Communism, it is estimated that 30,000 Christian missionaries descended on Eastern Europe. Their goal: to convert millions in what has become a virtual supermarket of lost souls.

After a tumultuous decade, Russia lies vulnerable to ideological invasion. In the wake of a diminishing potential market at home, American evangelists have found their new land of opportunity. They are transplanting their sophisticated marketing tools to the former Soviet Empire, enticing thousands of Russians to “Born Again” Christianity. Join us on a unforgettable trip, as we watch the Bible belt being stretched around the girth of Russia.

Jesus in Russia reveals the U.S. evangelical movement as never before. The ideological battle between Communism and Capitalism has given way to a religious struggle. No longer satisfied with winning hearts and minds, the protagonists now fight over souls. The Cold War is now the Holy War.

Directed by: Elliott Halpern
Producers: Elliott Halpern and Simcha Jacobovici
Associate Producer: Felix Golubev

Award Highlights:

  • Best Picture Editing, Gemini Awards
  • Gold Hugo, Chicago International Television Competition