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Amazon Prime Removes Indie Film About Global Persecution of Christians

TAMPA, Fla. -- For nearly two years, the indie documentary, "Christians in the Mirror," produced by Joshuacord, Inc. and In Altum Productions, streamed on Amazon Prime before it was removed without warning or explanation. Its producers want to know why.

"Christians in the Mirror" examines the plight of persecuted Christians throughout the world and includes interviews with religious leaders and persecuted Christian families in Syria, India, Iraq, South Sudan, and Egypt. The goal of the film is to educate Americans about the widespread persecution of Christians in other parts of the globe and to motivate Christians blessed with religious freedom in the West to provide aid to those suffering for their faith.

On March 9, 2021, the producers of the documentary independently discovered that the film was no longer available on Amazon's streaming service. Only after reaching out to Amazon for clarifying information did the producers learn that Amazon had unilaterally removed the documentary, but Amazon gave no reason for the removal. The producers followed-up for an explanation, requesting analytics and specific details to outline the reasons for the film's removal, but the information Amazon provided was vague and lacked validity.

Amazon's unexplainable decision invoked feelings of confusion and frustration for Patrick Carberry, the film's co-executive producer and Joshuacord founder. And, apparently, he's not alone.

According to a new Consumer Reports' survey, roughly three out of four Americans worry about the power wielded by today's biggest tech platforms. Top concerns include biased search results, unfair pricing and misinformation.

"My primary concern has to do with potential bias," Carberry says. "I just don't understand why the film was fine for nearly two years, and then it wasn't. What changed? Why? I have many unanswered questions. Something just doesn't feel right."

Carberry adds that the main mission of the film is to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to question why there's silence and a lack of support from many affluent churches around America. It's the hope of the film's executive team to activate Christians across America to stand united to help those persecuted for their faith and to prompt people to take action to support religious freedom.

The film averaged about 15,000 to 20,000 streams per quarter and Carberry said that sounded pretty good to him. He adds that it's not his desire to shine any bad will on the tech giant. He simply wants to have the film re-listed so it can continue to inform and educate those who are willing to listen and wanting to help.

"Amazon is a mega power when it comes to helping the little guy get the word out and I feel as if we've been slapped in the face for no reason. There was no real discussion about why or what could be changed," Carberry says. "They are Goliath and we are not even David. Behemoth big tech businesses such as Amazon Prime Video should be making it easier for independent producers to get the message out, not more difficult. We're imploring them to reconsider making our video available again and welcome a discussion. That is all we are really asking for."

For more information about "Christians in the Mirror," visit: https://christiansinthemirror.com/.

Related link: https://www.joshuacord.org/

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Christian Film Producers Target Audiences in Digital Spaces

TAMPA, Fla. -- "Christians in the Mirror," a first-of-its-kind independent documentary produced by Joshuacord, Inc. and In Altum Productions, takes a hard look at how America and the West have not been very involved in the global persecution of Christians. The producers say they're creating a social media marketing plan for this indie film that interviews Christians from the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

Paul Jallo, president, Jallo Oil Distributors, and one of the film's major benefactors and executive producer, says that they hope to reach new audiences, nationally and internationally. They're hopeful that this new social media campaign will create momentum, encourage viewers to download the film, view it and share it.

It's the hope of the film's executive team that "Christians in the Mirror" will activate Christians across America to stand united to help those under persecution for their faith. Whether it prompts people to volunteer, donate or spread the message, the desired outcome is more recognition and support about the importance of religious freedom.

"Christians in the Mirror" includes interviews with religious leaders and persecuted Christians in Syria, India, Iraq, South Sudan and Egypt. Ultimately, it's a wake-up call for people to help.

"We want our Christian brothers and sisters in the Middle East, Asia and Africa to know that they're not alone and to encourage all who believe in human rights, religious freedom and freedom of conscience to step up and speak out," Jallo says.

This social media campaign is designed to build awareness and to drive audiences to view the film on select web platforms.

"We have much to be thankful for as we move into the Christmas season," Patrick Carberry, founder of Joshuacord and film co-executive producer, says. "We have religious freedom in the West. Many others in the world do not. I ask for everyone's prayers and support for the persecuted church by watching our film 'Christians in the Mirror.'"

For more information about the film and to see a trailer: https://christiansinthemirror.com/

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Documentary Debut Recounts Stories of Religious Persecution, Courage and Hope

WASHINGTON D.C. -- "Christians in the Mirror: Stories of Courage and Faith in the Face of Persecution From Syria, Iraq, India, Sudan and Egypt" will premiere Monday, June 10 at the Miracle Theatre in Washington D.C. from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Joshuacord, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is honored to share with the community this one-of-a-kind film that reveals the intense suffering of persecuted Christians in the Middle East, Asia and Africa. Tickets are selling fast.

The Center for the Study of Global Christianity reported that an average of 90,000 Christians are martyred annually, while close to 215 million are persecuted for their faith. So, while U.S. citizens are blessed to experience religious freedom, Christian persecution continues to grow stronger across the world with each day that passes.

Joshuacord is a nondenominational organization that's dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to the oppressed and persecuted Christians around the world. It's teamed up with film director Jordan Allott, the founder of In Altum Productions; and Paul Jallo, of Jallo Oil Distributors, who is also one of the executive producers, to create "Christians in the Mirror."

Patrick Carberry, founder Joshuacord, witnessed firsthand the persecution of religious minority Christians during his time working with the government in the Middle East. It was then that he realized he had to do something to help. This led to the founding of Joshuacord and the creation of "Christians in the Mirror."

"From the demolished streets of Aleppo, Syria and northern Iraq, to rural villages in India, South Sudan and Egypt, what stood out to me the most during my travels filming 'Christians in the Mirror,' was not just the unbelievable persecution these Christian communities endured, but the inspiring faith and fortitude they displayed in the face of all that devastation," Allott says.

Allott has filmed projects in more than 25 countries with themes ranging from Catholic Spirituality and mountain climbing to international human rights and American politics. One of his previous films, "Our Last Stand" was screened all over the world and in several European parliaments.

"Christians in the Mirror" is an expository documentary that is a provocation for Christians to look into their "Christian mirror" as a disciple of Christ and to see what the reflection brings to light. It's the hope of this documentary's makers and producers that the film will not only evoke sympathy and compassion, but inspire action.

"The persecution of Christians, is not just a Christian faith issue, it's also a human rights issue and we should all be concerned and act to help those in need," Carberry says. "My wish is that this documentary will bring awareness to these injustices."

This Washington, D.C. premiere will serve as a springboard for screenings across the nation. Interested parties should visit the website to find out how they can bring the film to their area.

Ticket information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-premiere-of-christians-in-the-mirror-stories-of-faith-amid-persecution-tickets-61639439222

For more information about the documentary: http://christiansinthemirror.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristiansInTheMirror247/

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Taking a Hard Look at Persecution Around the World, Christians in the U.S. Make Documentary

TAMPA, Fla. -- "Christians in the Mirror," a first-of-its-kind independent documentary produced by Joshuacord, Inc. and In Altum Productions, premieres Friday, September 28, at AMC West Shore 14 in Tampa at 6 p.m. Taking a hard look at how America and the West have been involved in the global persecution of Christians, this indie film interviews Christians from the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

Religious persecution is a human rights issue that is receiving more political attention with the appointment of Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Sam Brownback, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's recent ministerial conference to advance religious freedom.

Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world with 90,000 killed annually, according to a The Center for the Study of Global Christianity. This film brings awareness of their plight to the West and what might be done to help them.

In the film you will hear from one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, family members of the 21 Egyptian Christian martyrs from the 2015 ISIS beheadings, as well as refugees returning to villages destroyed by ISIS and civil war in Syria and Iraq.

Producer Patrick Carberry rallied hundreds in the West to make this film.

"We have to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves. Americans and American Christians, in particular, need to act now. Why is there silence and lack of support from many affluent churches in America?" said Patrick Carberry, founder of Joshuacord and film co-producer.

Producer and Director Jordan Allott artfully illustrates poignant stories of the persecuted from Syria, Iraq, Sudan, India and Egypt, while also highlighting the important work many are doing on the ground to implement long-term change in some of the world's most dangerous places.

The evening includes a reception and discussion with Producer Patrick Carberry and Producer and Director Jordan Allott.

"Christians in the Mirror" is a partnership between Joshuacoard, a Tampa-based nonprofit, and In Altum Productions.

Open to the public - persons of any religion, faith background, or belief system are encouraged to attend this opening premiere.

Tickets may be purchased ahead of time or the night of the premiere here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/christians-in-the-mirror-tampa-premiere-tickets-49473957940.

For press and media inquiries, please contact Patrick Carberry. Press are invited to the premiere.

More information: http://christiansinthemirror.com/

Film page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ChristiansInTheMirror247/

More information on the film producers: https://www.joshuacord.org/ and http://www.inaltumproductions.com/.

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2017 Religious Freedom Run and Walk in advance of Christian Documentary Release

TAMPA, Fla. -- President John F. Kennedy quoted the Irish statesman Edmund Burke when he said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Joshuacord, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, is taking those words to heart by combatting a widespread and devastating form of evil - the ruthless persecution of faithful Christians - by holding the fifth annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run at 8 a.m. on Saturday, November 18, 2017, to bring awareness to the plight of persecuted Christians and raise money to support the persecuted church.

The Freedom Run will consist of a chipped 5K course for those interested in running/walking the full distance, a shorter 1 mile kid friendly fun run/walk, and an opportunity for supporters to participate virtually from anywhere in the world if unable to attend in person. The run will start and finish at Al Lopez Park: 4810 N. Himes Ave., Tampa, FL.

Organizers expect approximately 350 participants and stress that this family-friendly event is open to everyone - runners, walkers, and supporters. Participants can register online via Active.com or mail in a registration form which can be downloaded at: http://www.joshuacord.org/5k. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to register in person on the morning of the run. All registrants, including those who participate virtually, will receive a race packet and a Dri-FIT race t-shirt in appreciation for their support of the persecuted church.

Early registration is $25 ($20 for active duty military) and will be open until November 10, 2017. After November 10 and up until the day of the run, registration will be $30 for all participants. Every dollar paid in registration fees will go directly to support the persecuted church. Additionally, there will be an opportunity to donate baby blankets, gloves, mittens, and hats, at the run. All donated items will be mailed directly to Christian refugees in the Middle East prior to the start of winter.

"The Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run was created to bring awareness to the ongoing plight of persecuted Christians," says founder Patrick Carberry. "Our goal is to help those who are persecuted for their faith by raising awareness and providing support to Christians in the Middle East and Africa. We are an advocate for people persecuted by violent Islamic extremists and are working to inspire Christians across America to stand united with those who do not live under the same blanket of freedom. Our goal is to provide courage, prayers and hope to the Persecuted Church."

In addition to the Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run, Joshuacord is working on a documentary that advocates for its Christian brothers and sisters. Joshuacord has teamed up with In Altum Productions, and film director, Jordan Allott, in an effort to promote solidarity and demonstrate support for those being persecuted for their Christian faith in northern Iraq, Syria, Pakistan, Egypt, Sudan and other parts of the world.

The documentary trailer - "Christians in the Mirror" - will be released and distributed to all race participants at the Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run.

"The Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run gives all Christians an opportunity to show their support for fellow believers across the globe," Carberry says. "It's not just about religious freedom and the fight against terrorists. It's also a human rights issue that requires action and prayer on our part for change. Someone once said, 'Action does not always bring happiness, but there is no happiness without action.' In John 13:34, Jesus told us that we should live our lives by showing love for one another. He said, 'a new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.'"

Please join the Joshuacord team for the fifth annual Joshua 1:9 Freedom Run on November 18, in Tampa or as a Virtual Participant, and show your support for the Persecuted Church.

REGISTER FOR EVENT:
http://www.active.com/tampa-fl/running/distance-running-races/5th-annual-joshua-1-9-freedom-5k-run-walk-and-1-mile-fun-run-charity-run-2017

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For more information about the Freedom Run: http://www.joshuacord.org/5k/

For more information about the documentary: http://www.joshuacord.org/christians-in-the-mirror/

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