On April 18, 2007 three men were tortured and killed inside a Bible distribution office in Malatya, Turkey.
The three men were leaders in a small church of Malatya and their killers were five teenagers, each carrying a note which read, "We did this for our country. They were attacking our religion."
The murders sent a shockwave throughout Turkey, devastating the 3,000 Turkish Christians, a remnant living among millions who oppose their very existence, and yet the mercy of God as never before to an awestruck nation.
Malatya is a documentary about the first martyrs of the Turkish Church. On April 18th, 2007, Necati Aydin, U_ur YÌÎ_Ì´ÌàÌÎ_Ì´Ìöksel, and Tillmann Geske were brutally killed in Malatya, Turkey for proclaiming that Jesus Christ is the King of kings and Lord of lords. Necati and U_ur are the first known modern Turkish converts from Islam to Christianity to be killed for their faith.
The makers of this film spent the summer of 2008 in Turkey filming this documentary because this story must be told. In the process of making this film, they traveled thousands of miles by overnight bus, interviewed dozens of people across the country, gathered over 30 hours of footage, drank about 50 gallons of Turkish tea and fell in love with the Turkish people. They believe, now more than ever, that this is a story to cherish.
"STUNNED AFTER VIEWING MALATYA, THE STORY OF THE FIRST MARTYRS OF THE MODERN TURKISH CHURCH" - Max Lucado
"Most Christians don't have a clue what it means to be the confessing church in the heart of darkness.Malatya is a shattering wake-up call." - Tracy Groot, author of "Madman"
"The Malatya film gives gritty, realistic, unassuming access into the lives of the widows and families, as well as the church-body that is still grieving in Turkey." - DesiringGod.org
- Release: October 20, 2009
- Run Time: 69 Minutes
- Languages: English
- All Region, NTSC
- UPC, 813898010019
- DOVE Family Approved for Ages 12+
- A 16-page full-color booklet with pictures and information about Turkey
- Audio, visual prayer guide (15 minutes)
- Beautiful footage from across the country
- A rich soundtrack of Turkish music
- Digital Book
- Extended Scenes
- Message from Filmmakers