Finding Hope Now
“Finding Hope Now” was inspired by the true story of Rev. Roger Minassian, who at age 53 left the security of his pastorate to step outside his comfort zone to do the truly amazing. Knowing nothing about gang youth, he took to the streets and transformed a city ravaged by gang violence.
It is also the story of Santos Delgado, a gang member, who at age 16 had no future and little hope. He knows his future was either prison or death.
This movie shares a powerful true story, the story of Rev. Roger Minassian who left a steady pastorate when he was 53 years old to minister to gang members in Fresno, California. He faces tough attitudes, hardened young men, and violence as he goes after the gang members with a mission, to turn their lives around. He manages to reach some of the young men but must endure some losses along the way, including those who die violent deaths. This film is based on the book, “Gangs to Jobs”.
While this is a compelling and remarkable story about a man of God with a purpose, the film contains realistic scenes of slightly graphic but non-gratuitous violence. In addition a man who is cornered by police in a store following a robbery takes his own life and in another scene a father beats his son’s back with a stick. There is also a drive-by shooting in which a bloody victim is seen dead on the ground and then another shooting at a home which has kids as retribution for the other shooting. While there is some bloody violence in the film, the scenes are not overly graphic and are appropriate to the story. We are pleased to award this film our Dove “Faith-Friendly” Seal for ages 12 and over.