“Beautifully Broken,” a new feature film about a family that fled the Rwandan genocide and the people they encountered as refugees, held a red carpet premiere event this week in The Factory at Franklin.
In addition to celebrating the release of the film, the red carpet event on Monday also paid tribute to Grammy-winning singer/songwriter John Berry, whose title track for the movie has been #1 on the Christian Music Weekly Chart for 5 weeks and in the top ten since charting 23 weeks ago. “Beautifully Broken” is currently at #34 on the MusicRow Country Charts and continues to rise, breaking a 22-year stretch for charting a single on radio. The song was also added to Spotify’s New Traditions: Country Heroes Playlist.
The movie is being released into 655 theaters on Friday.
Beautifully Broken” is based on the true story of two families from different worlds, each facing a crisis beyond their control. As their lives cross, together they find hope rising out of tragedy. This journey reveals the divine tapestry of God’s love and guidance, where they learn first-hand the power of forgiveness and reconciliation, and the healing that comes from helping others.
In 1994, the Mwizerwa family lived through the horrific genocide in Rwanda where nearly one million people were killed in just one hundred days – including their parents and most members of their extended families. By the grace of God, William’s family (his wife, Ebralie, and their four children) survived the massacre. Running from their home without taking anything, they made a dangerous journey to Nairobi, Kenya. William came to the United States in May of 1998 and became very active at First Presbyterian Church in Nashville.
“I encourage you to see this movie,” singer Berry said. “I know it will touch your heart and inspire you, as it did me the first time my friend Chuck Howard (Executive Producer for the film) shared the rough cut with me. It was from that first viewing that I knew I had to be part of sharing this moving story.”
“John made the song “Beautifully Broken” real just like the movie,” stated Beautifully Broken Co-writer and song producer, Chuck Howard. “We are honored he shared his voice for this project.”
“I will not forget the first time I heard John’s voice singing Beautifully Broken. It was one of those times you realize God just did something big and we get to watch it unfold,” said “Beautifully Broken” songwriter, Jenny Slate Lee. “I am so very honored that John cut the song, he is one of those bucket list artists that we writer’s dream about.”
Watch the John Berry music video and lyric video for “Beautifully Broken.” The trailer for the movie featuring John’s single can be viewed here. Music is available for streaming on Spotify and download on Amazon Music and iTunes.
The Beautifully Broken cast includes Scott William Winters (Lethal Weapon, Good Will Hunting), Benjamin Onyango (God’s Not Dead, Inception), Emily Hahn (Toy Story 3, Fresh Off The Boat), Eric Roberts, Jessica Obilom (Trafficked), Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (Nashville), Alan Powell(Quantico), Eugene Khumbanyiwa (District 9), Tammi Arender (Pitch Perfect 2), and television personality Thomasina “Goo Goo” Atkins (Mary Mary). Christian music artists Toby McKeehan and Michael W. Smith also make appearances in the film.
The film was directed by Eric Welch (DC Talk: Welcome to the Freak Show) and written by Brad Allen, Chuck Howard and Martin Michael (I Am Not Ashamed), along with Mark McCann (Harmony). It is produced by Allen, Michael and Howard, along with Lisa Arnold (Caged No More), Jarred Coates (God’s Not Dead), Michelle S. Duffie (War Room, The Shack). The executive producer is Randy Hartley (Through the Valley).