|Featuring:||Hillsong United (band)|
|Director:||Michael John Warren|
Grace Hill Media
|Distributor:||Pure Flix Entertainment|
Here’s what the distributor says about their film: “Capturing the on-stage energy and off-stage hearts of the Australia-based band Hillsong UNITED, HILLSONG: LET HOPE RISE is a new motion-picture genre: the theatrical worship experience. The film explores Hillsong's humble beginnings and astonishing rise to prominence as an international church whose songs are sung every Sunday by more than 50 million people worldwide.
‘Hillsong: Let Hope Rise’ chronicles the spectacular and unlikely rise to prominence of the Australia-based Christian band, Hillsong UNITED. The music of Hillsong is so popular it is estimated that on any given Sunday, more than 50 million churchgoers around the world are singing their songs.
Routinely performing to sold-out stadiums, the 11-member band, led by Joel Houston, are all volunteers or employees of Hillsong Church, founded by Joel’s parents, Brian and Bobbie Houston.
With more than 16 million albums sold, music and merchandise sales enable Hillsong Church—which spans 12 global locations with more than 100,000 weekly attendees, including thriving congregations in New York and Los Angeles—to support both local and worldwide charity that includes feeding and educating children in the slums of India, holistic community development in Africa, rescuing and rehabilitating victims of human trafficking and sponsoring children living in poverty around the world.”
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…has world-changing power… The legitimacy and authenticity of the band and its members… are undeniable. …[4½/5]
—Shawn McEvoy, Crosswalk
… a wonderful, inspiring music documentary… entertaining and the music is so powerful that it’s hard not to sing along. …[3/4]
—Ted Baehr, Movieguide
…a winning, friendly, and at times moving film… delivers winning musical experience… It’s not necessarily innovative, but it is insistent, effective, and quite often, moving. …
—Dave White, The Wrap
…cuts a fine balance between the band’s sky-rocketing career and the humanitarian side shown by the band members… the documentary to an extent, is boring and superficial. …
—Nabanita Maji, Morning Ledger
…these tunes won’t keep you awake… rated PG (Parental guidance suggested) for blinding heavenly light.
—Andy Webster, The New York Times
…a conversion experience for the already converted …Structurally, “Hillsong: Let Hope Rise” is hopelessly confused, jumping back and forth in time and space…
—Katie Rife, AV Club
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