Directed by Ray Bengston, George D. Escobar
Watch the viral video of Joni Eareckson Tada recording the title song, "Alone Yet Not Alone," at bottom of page.
As WND reported, "Alone Yet Not Alone" made national headlines when the little-known Christian movie garnered an Academy Award nomination for its song of the same title, "Alone Yet Not Alone," performed by Joni Eareckson Tada. Controversy further erupted when the Academy then yanked the nomination away.
The double controversy of the nomination first, then its removal, raised hackles in both Christianity and Hollywood. An Oscar-winning Hollywood producer even blasted the Academy for exhibiting what "many will see as faith-based bigotry, pure and simple."
But looking back, Eareckson Tada has said she's seen the hand of God work within the controversy. Now, with the perspective of time, like with the story of Joseph in the book of Genesis, what could have been meant for evil has been turned to good.
The year is 1755, and the English colonies are being ravaged by the atrocities of war.
Opposing European powers have clashed over the fertile Ohio valley, and entire families are devastated by the ensuing violence. Hostile native tribes are raiding the vulnerable frontier farms, and two young sisters are among those taken captive.
While hoping for rescue and return to their home, they are comforted with the words of a family hymn: Alone Yet Not Alone. But when the sisters are suddenly and cruelly separated, their tender faith is brought to a stretching point.
Forcibly immersed into a primitive foreign culture, the older sister, Barbara, clings to her beliefs. Yet now a deeper fate threatens, and she makes a difficult decision: to risk her life in an attempt to escape.
Pursued by a relentless and cunning warrior, Barbara and her three fellow captives must cross over two hundred miles of raw wilderness in their effort to reach friendly territory.
Will their courage and trust in God be enough to see them through? And if they do succeed, will they find their family? Will Barbara ever see her sister again? "Alone Yet Not Alone" depicts the riveting true story of a family at a critical juncture in our nation's history.
"This film has it all! The music is wonderful, the cinematography is inspiring, the acting is superb and the screenplay and direction are top notch. Both Kelly Greyson as the older Barbara and Natalie Racoosin as a young Barbara are exceptional in their roles. This film has a bit of everything: action, drama, suspense and a fine ending. For those who love action, there are several battle sequences and fights, with many characters dying by tomahawks or muskets. Fortunately, there is little blood overall and the scenes are not gratuitous. It appears that the director held back enough so the film could be enjoyed by families without losing the intensity of the story. We commend this decision." -- The Dove Foundation
"ALONE YET NOT ALONE has a very clear message that God will never leave you nor forsake you. He rescues the captives. Much of the photography and technical aspects are good. The Gospel is presented clearly in contrast to the brutal paganism of the Indians. It's refreshing to see a movie without revisionist history." -- MovieGuide.org
"Alone Yet Not Alone is another breakthrough film from the Christian film industry. I am very happy to see this film hit the market. It will no doubt minister and not simply entertain. There are no naps. It's action packed and exciting. It challenges the simple and exposes evil. The makers of this film are getting at some things film was downright made for. I commend it highly." -- John Decker, ChristianAnswers.net
About the Directors
Ray Bengston is an actor and director, known for "Waist Deep," (2006), "Alone Yet Not Alone" (2013) and "To Have and to Hold" (2015).
George Escobar is vice president of WND Films and TV in charge of programming, production and strategy. Escobar produced and directed several films including "The Isaiah 9:10 Judgment" for WND Films. He is co-founder of Advent Film Group, whose inaugural movie, "Come What May," was seen by over 3.5 million people online and on TV. Advent's films including "Hero," "The Screenwriters" and "Alone Yet Not Alone," produced for Enthuse Entertainment.
Escobar was vice president for Discovery, executive director for AOL and a producing fellow at the American Film Institute. He holds seven U.S. patents in technology and user interface design and has taught filmmaking to over 1,000 students. Escobar and his wife homeschooled their three sons from grades K through 12.
- Actors: Kelly Greyson, Natalie Racoosin, Clay Walker, Jenn Gotzon
- Director: Ray Bengston, George D. Escobar
- Format: DVD
- Language: English, subtitles English
- Region: 0
- Number of discs: 1 disc
- Rated: PG-13
- Studio: Enthuse Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: July 7, 2015
- Run Time: 103 minutes
- ISBN: 808717002009