DALLAS, Texas The dramatic new documentary "180" is gaining national attention. The documentary uses the history of the Jewish holocaust as a backdrop to challenge pro-choice positions on abortion.
"180," produced by evangelist and Christian apologist Ray Comfort, features the filmmaker posing the question, "What would you do if...?" in a series of sidewalk interviews. Comfort begins by asking morally charged questions to a variety of people, most of them college age. He offered several different scenarios about when it was OK to kill. Eventually he leads to the topic to abortion. While several of those filmed got defensive, over the course of the 33-minute video, eight pro-choice advocates appeared to have changed their stand on abortion.
Comfort, who released the video online on Sept. 26, is hoping the documentary will go viral. The video received more than one million views online in the first thirty days while thousands of DVDs are making rounds on college campuses nationwide.
After viewing the DVD, Francis Chan, best-selling author and founding pastor of Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley, Calif., said, "Extremely convicting. It made me question my courage. I pray it causes many to evaluate their silence."
Ironically, the film itself completed its own 180 degree turnaround as the filmmaker was focused on Hitler and the holocaust to create a companion DVD to go along with Comfort's new book "Hitler, God, and the Bible."
In the course of the interviews for that project, Comfort offered up a variety of questions about life as it pertained to the holocaust and ultimately linked the discussion to abortion.
"It began with two male university students completely changing their minds about abortion when we asked them this one question," Comfort said in a news release. "We realized it wouldn't be convincing to have only males speaking on the subject, so we took to the streets, asking that one particular question, and found that six women changed their minds from pro-abortion to pro-life in a matter of seconds. It was amazing!"
Comfort said he quickly recognized the film's potential to open the doors of discussion.
"I have held up pro-life signs. I have printed pro-life literature and spoken against abortion in pulpits and in my books, but I have felt that all my efforts were almost futilethat is, up until now," Comfort said of the documentary. "In '180' we have a nation changer."
He said the short film could become a vital tool in altering America's prevalent pro-choice view, particularly among young people.
"Most of us know that we should be doing something to stop this horror, but the thought of protesting is a little unnerving, especially with the demonization of those who do so," he said. "But here is something each of us can easily dowe can give this DVD out. We can pass them out on the streets, leave copies on park benches or on seats in malls or give it to the checkout lady at the supermarket. This isn't hard to do, and it will save livesperhaps millions of lives."
The documentary is available for online viewing at http://christianexaminer.blogspot.com