PRAYING FOR ARMAGEDDON
Tonje Hessen Schei, Michael Rowley (co-director) / Norway / 2023 / 97 min / World Premiere
Hard-hitting docu-thriller about an influential movement of Christian fundamentalists in the US, who with millions of dollars in backing and threads into the government are fighting for the end of the world. Power, money and religion in a terrifying insider’s report from a closed world.
While much of the world struggles to keep the planet going, a frighteningly large group of American fundamentalist Christians are working to promote the apocalypse. The evangelical movement is convinced that they will be saved when Jesus appears in the state of Israel on horseback and, with a sword raised to heaven, kills the infidels so that the blood reaches the horses’ bridles. Natural fires, corona, wars and crises are evidence that the time is nigh. But for the prophecies to be realised, the state of Israel has to grow stronger, so they provide huge financial support and are so far inside the White House that they help influence US foreign policy. The evangelicals include Doomsday preachers, politicians and motorcycle-riding warriors of God who have no intention of turning the other cheek. Tonje Hessen Schei (‘Drone’, ‘iHuman’) has crafted a terrifying religious thriller that offers a hard-hitting glimpse into a closed world of influential people waiting for the sun to turn dark and the moon to turn to blood.