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Free Burma Rangers – the film review

  We live in a cynical time with few real heroes. How refreshing then to see this new documentary, Free Burma Rangers, about a modern hero. It’s an exciting film that shows what a life that is sold out to Christ looks like. David Eubank is the subject of the film. Five years ago I met…
By Seth Barnes
By Seth Barnes

 

We live in a cynical time with few real heroes. How refreshing then to see this new documentary, Free Burma Rangers, about a modern hero. It’s an exciting film that shows what a life that is sold out to Christ looks like.

David Eubank is the subject of the film. Five years ago I met Eubank and his family at their camp in northern Thailand. I also met Chris Sinclair, the Deidox Films co-director of the film. Working on a shoestring budget, it was evident that making Free Burma Rangers was a labor of love for them.

I wondered how their project would turn out. And now that it is finally being released, I was able to see. Our team at AIM watched a preview showing and were blown away. Documentaries can be slow-moving, but this was anything but that.

The film follows Eubank, a former U.S. Special Forces soldier turned missionary to conflict zones. For 20 years, Eubank and his family have brought aid to the wounded in the Myanmar conflict. More recently, they have worked where the fighting was heaviest in Iraq.

It’s one thing for Eubank to put himself at risk, but to see the way his whole family wades into firefights and heroic rescues is remarkable.

Sinclair along with his collaborators David Mahanes and Brent Gudgel have made a wonderful film that asks the question, “What risks are we willing to take in Jesus’ name?”

Eubank and his family put their lives on the line repeatedly. Their example is challenging. As you watch, you can hear Jesus asking the question, “What about you – what are you willing to do in my name?”

Eubank founded the organization Free Burma Rangers 20 years ago in response to conflict in Myanmar. They now offer help, hope and love to internally displaced people around the world.

The film will be in theaters nationwide for 2 days only on February 24 & 25. I encourage you to buy your tickets now before it sells out. For ticket information visit FBR movie.com

Comments (10)

  • We’ve followed the Free Burma Rangers for years now since our first trip to Myanmar in 2006. We’ve been there 3 times altogether. What a beautiful people! Can’t wait to see the film!

  • Well, it’s your call. It’s pretty intense in parts. People under fire being rescued. Dead bodies.

    At the same time, I don’t recall it being bloody. I would be good with it. But some folks would not.

    • I don’t know the particulars. My guess is, knowing this was a labor of love on a shoestring budget, this was what they could afford. You have to guarantee the theaters money.

  • Terrific movie !! I met Dave and Karen in 2001 when we jumped with the Thai Para Police in Lop Buri ! Too bad it isn’t available in more theaters . Also , this film would be perfect for high school students , showing what the rest of the world is like !!

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