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Kirk Cameron's Monumental task


Fireproof star Kirk Cameron is trying to put out a major inferno, and he is hoping American families can help him. Moved by the major economic, political, and moral woes facing the United States, Cameron has been at work over the past couple years on a film project that chronicles his personal journey to historic sites across Europe and the United States, where he sought to discover the "secret recipe" that has made America the freest, richest country in history. Cameron hopes the resulting documentary, Monumental: In Search of America's National Treasure, will help provide a path forward for today's Americans.

"Now this is my project, but it's about all of us, it's about our kids and securing a monumental future for them," he said. "How do we teach them the truths that will set them free internally and externally for the world that they live in and secure their future?"

Monumental tells the story of men and women who risked all for liberty, including the travails of the Pilgrims, and shares stories of faith that helped shape education, government, and civic life in the United States. The film also features interviews by Cameron of current-day political and faith leaders, including Christian author Os Guinness, Senate Chaplain Barry Black, David Barton of WallBuilders, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.), and Marshall Foster of the Mayflower Institute.

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To add to the film's educational value, Cameron plans to release supplementary study materials for families, churches, and schools.

In an announcement exclusive to WORLD, Monumental will premiere March 27 at 7:30 p.m. EDT (8 p.m. tape delayed on the West Coast) at approximately 500 movie theaters across the country as part of a live, simulcast event organized by NCM/Fathom Events. The 130-minute program, hosted by Cameron, will include interviews with media, faith, and political figures; live music; and a screening of the 90-minute film. The documentary will have a limited theatrical release beginning March 30.

Michael Leaser
Michael Leaser

Michael is editor of FilmGrace and an associate of The Clapham Group.


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