Beautifully Broken – a riveting true story of three families, seemingly worlds apart, each facing a crisis beyond its control. Each father is forced to make difficult decisions, setting in motion a series of events that leads to their lives becoming intertwined in ways they could have never imagined. Along the way, they learn firsthand the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
Beautifully Broken is the true story of three families, from different countries, each struggling to find hope and safety amid the devastation of war. Their lives become intertwined, realizing that helping others can change the world around them and the world within them. Action begins the journey with a father, William Mwizerwa, fleeing the dangers of the Rwandan Genocide. Running with his wife and daughter, they narrowly escape death from machete and gun wielding soldiers.
Finally entering a Kenyan refugee camp, William learns of a program that can take him to America; however, he must go alone to establish residency first. Despite his reluctance to leave his family in Kenya, he and his wife decide they must try this unpredictable plan. Once in America, William meets another father facing his own challenges. Randy Hartley is a family man, driven to succeed in business at all costs; however, his faith is tested as his daughter, Andrea, rebels against he and his wife. Andrea’s changing attitude is a result of a secret tragedy that she will only reveal to a pen pal that happens to be a Rwandan girl, Umuhoza.
As Randy and William grow in friendship, they inspire and try to help one another keep their families together over several trials. Ultimately the men develop an outreach center helping other refugee families from war torn countries, which eventually brings William’s wife and daughter to America. Yet even as William’s family reunites, Randy’s world is crumbling. He confides in William, asking him to take his family to Rwanda in hopes that his daughter will open up once again after meeting her Rwandan pen pal. Reluctantly, William returns to Rwanda where the dangers of the past haunt his family, yet also bring answers and redemption from the 1990s genocide.
As the film concludes, Randy and William’s families surprise Umuhoza and her parents at a coming of age celebration for the young girl, allowing Andrea to meet the pen pal who changed her life. Themes of forgiveness and reconciliation bring an emotional ending as William discovers the militia soldier who saved his family during the war, acknowledging that if everyone believed in the concept of “an eye for an eye” the whole world would go blind. by IMDB
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A refugee’s escape, a prisoner’s promise, and a daughter’s painful secret converge in this inspiring true story of hope. As three fathers fight to save their families, their lives become intertwined in an unlikely journey across the globe, where they learn the healing power of forgiveness and reconciliation.
The BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN cast includes Scott William Winters (Lethal Weapon television series, Good Will Hunting), Benjamin Onyango (God’s Not Dead, Inception), Emily Hahn (Toy Story 3, Fresh Off The Boat television series), Eric Roberts (The Dark Knight, The Expendables), Jessica Obilom (Trafficked), Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (Nashville television series), Alan Powell (Quantico television series), Eugene Khumbanyiwa (District 9), Tammi Arender (Pitch Perfect 2), and television personality Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins (Mary Mary series). Christian music legends Toby McKeehan and Michael W. Smith also make appearances in the film.
Filmed on location in Port Alfred, South Africa and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, BEAUTIFULLY BROKEN is directed by Eric Welch (DC Talk: Welcome to the Freak Show) and written by Brad Allen, Chuck Howard and Martin Michael (I Am Not Ashamed), along with Mark McCann (Harmony). It is produced by Allen, Michael and Howard, along with Lisa Arnold (Caged No More), Jarred Coates (God’s Not Dead), Michelle S. Duffie (War Room, The Shack), and executive produced by Randy Hartley (Through the Valley).
The movie also features title song “Beautifully Broken,” performed by three artists each lending their voice to a unique version of the song, which incorporates all three musical stylings. Grammy Award- winning country artist, John Berry, Dove Award-winning pop singer Plumb and Grammy Award-winning gospel artist CeCe Winans. The song is produced by award-winning producer, Chuck Howard, who also co-wrote the film.