Family Christian Stores sent me to the pre-screening of the Woodlawn movie with the option to post my honest review.
I love faith based movies. The Kendrick Brothers films, Flywheel, Facing the Giants, Fireproof and Couragueos are among my all time favorites, and now so is War Room. I was excited about the opportunity to preview yet another faith based film called Woodlawn, scheduled to air in October. Woodlawn is not a Kendrick Brothers film but an Erwin Brothers film. Last year, I enjoyed Mom’s Night Out, also by the Erwin brothers, so I look forward to their new Woodlawn movie.
Woodlawn is based on a true story, set in Birmingham, Alabama during a period of lasting racial tensions stretching into the early 1970s.
In 1973, the government mandated desegregation in the school systems across the United States. Football player Tony Nathan joins other African-American teenagers at Woodlawn Highschool. Coach Tandy Geralds must find a way to solve new challenges and unite a football team.
A minister who is new to the community feels led to speak to the high school football team. Coach Geralds half-heartedly agrees to let him speak to the players. The meeting resulted in changed lives. Black and White players prayed together and almost the entire football team gave their lives to Christ – right there at Woodlawn High School. Their individual decisions and the collective decision of the team to follow Biblical principles spilled over into the community and created the true-story legend on which this film is based.
As I watched the film, I realized that the news headlines then are much like the news headlines we see today – public school students praying on school grounds and racial tensions fading and renewing in a seemingly endless cycle. The movie is set in the early 1970s but its content and its message is as relevant today as it was back then.
In fact, the message of this movie was relevant then, relevant today, and will be relevant as far as the future stretches.
Watch the trailer here.
Learn more about Woodlawn here on the Woodlawn Movie website.
If you prefer to read the book first, get it here.
There is also a devotional that goes along with the Woodlawn Movie. Get it here!