A documentary by Hendrik Lietmann und Matthias Tränkle | 90 min | 2012
MORE JESUS tells the story of the ambitious and charismatic preacher Edmund Sackey-Brown from Ghana, who wants to build a megachurch for 5,000 visitors in the Ruhr area. A mission that seems presumptuous and hopeless. After all, the number of believers in this country has been falling steadily since the 1960s and churches are being closed. But Edmund firmly believes in a breakthrough based on the model of the Pentecostal churches in the USA or Africa, some of which have up to 50,000 members. Edmund Sackey-Brown is part of a "Mission Reversed": More and more congregations from emerging countries, in which Christianity is growing rapidly, are sending large numbers of missionaries to Europe to evangelize the people there. For Sackey-Brown and his "Lighthouse" congregation, which has around 500 believers, the re-Christianization of Germany begins in a supermarket in Mülheim an der Ruhr. The community, which consists mainly of African migrants, bought the building of the former Edeka market in order to convert it into a mission center. We accompany the project from the first plans to the opening.
Screenplay, Director: Hendrik Lietmann und Matthias Tränkle
Camera: Hendrik Lietmann
Sound: Achim Fell
Editing: Ivan Morales
Redaktion: Jutta Krug, WDR
In co-production with the WDR.
Production funded by: Filmstiftung NRW.
Kasseler Dokumentarfilmfest 2012
Cologne Conference 2013