The Armor of Light

Official Selection Doc Edge Festival 2016


The Armor of Light

Director Abigail E. Disney
Duration 87 mins

Abigail Disney’s directorial debut, The Armor of Light, follows the journey of an evangelical minister, Rev. Rob Schenck, an anti-abortion activist and a fixture on the political far right. Breaking with orthodoxy, he questions whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life. Faced with his long-time friends and colleagues warning him away from this complex and politically explosive issue, he tries to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America.

Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager murdered in Florida, whose story cast a spotlight on the “stand your ground” laws. McBath, also a Christian, decides to work with Schenck, even though she is pro-choice. She is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to engender some kind of viable and effective political action — where so many before her have failed.

Disney follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America’s gun culture through a moral lens.

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Doc Edge

22 Apr 2016

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