When a young Muslim convert to Christianity returns home to Iran from America, he wrestles with how he is going to tell his staunch Islamic family and community about his conversion to ‘treason’. He is also trying to understand God’s call on his life and to continue to grow in his newfound faith. As he comes to grips with the persecution of Christians in his country, he must decide whether he will run back to safety or face the hard road in front of him.
Production Quality (1 point)
Though the production of Behind the Sun is archaic, it is good for its time frame. Camera work is shaky and video quality is somewhat grainy. Yet audio quality is fine, even though the soundtrack could use a little improvement. The strongest point of this production is the highly culturally realistic sets, locations, and props throughout the film. Editing is okay, but there are some abrupt cuts and transitions. Overall, this film was unfortunately made in a time frame that did not allow for better production, so a remake might be in order.
Plot and Storyline Quality (1 point)
Behind the Sun addresses a storyline that is often never addressed in Christian film and does so in a realistic way. The characters are interesting, but we would like to see a little more development from them, yet we can appreciate the struggles they encounter. What they need a little more backstory and dialogue to help deepen them as people. We would also like to see some of the subplots developed more to give the film more content and effectiveness. As it is, the story is engaging but would be better with a more flowing plot and fewer leaps in logic. Too much of the story is told through headlines and not enough through dialogue. However, the ending is interesting and is worth a watch. We only wish it could have been better.
Acting Quality (2 points)
International films are notoriously difficult to cast due to limited resources, but this team did an excellent job finding cast members that fit the depicted culture properly. Costuming is also authentic. The acting is also great, except for a few bouts of extreme emotions. Otherwise, the acting and casting is the strongest point of this film.
Behind the Sun is an obscure Christian film, yet it carries with it a lot of potential. Had it been better funded and had the plot been written a little more complex, it could have been Hall of Fame. As it is, it seems a bit rushed since it was perhaps not completely intended to be a Christian film to be sold on the market, but rather an awareness-raising project. However, think of the impact it could have had if a little bit more time had been invested in it. Perhaps one day someone will remake it or make one similar to it.
Final Rating: 4 out of 10 points