WHFC July Short Film

Short Film - The Least of These

Rarely, though, does a film unabashedly introduce explicit Christian worldviews, themes, and characters and still manage to wow mainstream audiences. The Least of These, a short film by Rik Swartzwelder, does exactly that. The film played at nearly 100 festivals worldwide, and winning over 27 film awards. The story is set at an old greasy diner where the regular late-night clientèle hangs out: blue-collar retirees, rowdy club-hoppers, lonely drifters, and pros!$%utes at the end of their shift. When a new guy, Keith, walks into the place, it's clear he's not part of the same crowd. The old geezers poke some fun at him as they wonder who he is and what he's doing there. What makes the film so remarkable is not just its production values, but the fact that the director has so expertly navigated that fine line between sentiment and sentimentality. the film's title alludes to Matthew 25:40: "inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me" The Least of These like a breath of fresh air, a compelling work that is entertaining and meaningful to our modern culture, compromising on neither quality nor thoughtful theology.

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