"RUPANTAR" - Mount Zion's First Indian Movie
MOUNT ZION HIT THE 100TH MOVIE!!!
IT IS ISRAEL BAMIDELE’S “HIS STANDARD”
It was in February 2013, far away in Winnipeg, Canada, in a wintering morning, while I was praying and wondering why the Lord would push us into rushing on film locations to make movies. At the time, all Mount Zion brothers and sisters, the entire seven families within the ministry had become independent movie producers in the ministry, with two of the brothers already into directing.
2013 was the year we were into numerous movie production locations, in Nigeria and outside of the country. We had some simultaneous movie locations and by the end of that year, we had gone into more than 20 movie locations.
So, that cold morning, during the movie location of “FINEST WINE” in the freezing -25 degree winter, and as I wondered on the strange wisdom in just going on movie locations to make movies which did not have much time and means to circulate extensively all over Nigeria. I was already getting discouraged in my spirit and was thinking of slowing down on this mad rush. I was thinking of getting back home and gathering my brethren in Mount Zion and telling them to slow down. I was on my knees in prayers with turbulent heart when I heard the Lord spoke: “You have not actually really began making real movies. Mount Zion will start making real movies when your movies hit 100. When you hit 100 movies, then, you will begin to make real movies.”
The massage was strange to me and at the same time, it was a great relief to me to, at least, hear words from the Lord that we were on course; that our mad rush on film location had a divine purpose; that it was a heavenly mandate, even though, on many occasions we have been going on film locations by strong faith. On many occasions, we had gone on locations with very little in our pockets. The Lord has always been using the children of God in drama ministry for us a lot. May the Lord bless them all.
Since, the moment I heard the Lord’s voice, I published His mandate on Facebook and in the Power Night Newsletter. It was a great encouragement to me, to hear God saying we have not begun making movies until we clock 100 movies. The Lord said this, when I was thinking we had made much. He said there was much more lands to cover. Since then, we have been excited in ministry, though, with a lot of financial stress most of the time. We have been looking forward to what the Lord would do when we have released 100th movie.
This AUGUST 2014, Eight movies were released to hit the 100 movies mark and the 100th movie was voted to be Israel Bamidele’s “HIS STANDARD”. Israel Bamidele, the son of Mathew Bamidele wrote the movie and played the lead role. Other movies that were released during the month of August along with it were: Damilola Mike-Bamiloye’s “Caught in the Wind” and Gloria Bamiloye’s “Strangers” and “Ajoji Emi; Isaac Femi Akintude’s “His Heritage”, Yemi Adepoju’s “Silent Killer”, Seun Abraham’s “Lost Hope”, and Moses Adebayo’s “Never Again”, What actually qualified Israel Bamidele’s movie to be the chosen one among the last four was not in the order of release but in the appropriateness of title.
Beyond the 100 Movie Mark, we have another six movies, already shot and edited waiting to be released in December, and before then, four or five movie locations are lining up among the Mount Zion movie producers, among these is the land mark production: “RUPANTAR” A major Hindi language movie and shot entirely in New Delhi, acted by Christian Indians. The editing has just been concluded and the Indian editing supervisor, who had stayed with us and worked with our editors for almost two weeks, is going back to India today with the Principal Master of probably the first Evangelical Hindi movie in the North India. Indeed, according to the Word of the Lord, we have just began to make real movies.
Therefore, the counting has begun all over again….in December 2014, we should be counting another 8 to 10 movies.
1.BLOOD ON THE ALTAR (PARTS 1-4;
2. FORGOTTEN ONES (PARTS 1-4;
3. FRUITLESS TREE (PARTS 1-5;
4. HAUNTING SHADOWS (PARTS 1-5;
5. ONE CARELESS NIGHT (PARTS 1-5;
6. STORMY SEAS (PARTS 1-4;
7. ULTIMATE POWER (PARTS 1-4;
8. AGBARA NLA PART 1 – 4
9. IDE ESU PART PARTS 1-4
10. UNPROFITABLE SERVANT
11. BEGINNING OF THE END
12. IBERE OPIN AIYE (Yor Language)
13. LOST FOREVER
14. LAST GENERATION
15. PERILOUS TIMES
16. EWU IGBA IKEYIN (Yoruba Language)
17. ATTACK FROM HOME
18. OGUN ATILEWA (Yoruba Language)
19. ASISE NLA 1-2 (Yoruba Language)
20. STORY OF MY LIFE
21. BLOOD COVENANT
22. APOTI ERI (the Ark of God - SUBTITLED)
23. BACK TO ZERO POINT
24. BROKEN PITCHER
25. BUSY BUT GUILTY
26. CAPTIVE OF THE MIGHTY
27. CHANGE OF TASTE
28. COSTLY GAMES
29. COVENANT CHILD
30. OMO MAJEMU ( Yoruba Language)
31. CRACK IN THE WALL (1 & 2)
32. CRITICAL ASSIGNMENT
33. ENEMY OF MY SOUL
34. ESIN AJOJI (Strange Religion - SUBTITLED)
36. GODS ARE DEAD
37. GREAT MISTAKE (PARTS 1-2)
38. HELL RAZER
39. JUST A LITTLE SIN
40. MAJEMU IKOKO (the Hidden Covenant )
41. PRODIGAL ONES
42. RUNNING AGAINST THE WIND
43. STORMS OF LIFE
44. WOUNDED HEART
45. YOUTHFUL LUST
46. FIWAJOMI - English Film
47. IPENIJA 1 & 2 (the Challenge )
48. BROKEN BRIDGE
49. ACCURSED CHILDREN (PARTS 1-2)
50. TRIBULATION NIGHT
51. DYING WITH THE KING
53. INVASION FROM HELL
54. WAITING FOR THE PRINCE
55. SUNSET AT MIDDAY
56. FORCES AGAINST MY SOUL
57. DANGEROUS INFLUENCE
58. OUT OF THE HOOK
59. FATAL EXCHANGE
63. SECRETS OF THE MOMENT (1 & 2)
64. MI O LE SE (I CAN'T DO IT)
65. DARK CLOUD
66. SHADOWS OF DEATH
67. GLORY AT DAWN
69. MO TI PINNU
70. BY HIS MERCY – Moses Adebayo
71. ORIGINAL PLAN – Bayo Abraham
72. SEED OF DESTINY –Mathew Bamidele
73. NO HIDING PLACE – Yemi Adepoju
74. SPELL _ Gloria Bamiloye
75. IGBEKUN – Gloria Bamiloye
76. FINEST WINE – Mike Bamiloye
77. DEAD END – Jerry Oluwagbemi
78. BOSOM FIRE – Damilola Mike-Bamiloye
79. HIS HERITAGE – Isaac Femi-Akintude
80. INI OLUWA – Isaac Femi-Akintunde
81. TURN AROUND – Matthew Bamidele
82. IYIPADA- Matthew Bamidele
83. . SUDDEN IMPACT – Yemi Adepoju
84. . A JOURNEY IN CIRCLE – Damilola Mike-Bamiloye
85. HEART OF VENGEANCE – Yemi Adepoju
86. THE SHIELD – Jerry Oluwagbemi
87. THE GAMBLE – Mike Bamiloye
88. THE STRATEGIES – Gloria Bamiloye
89. ONA EBURU – Gloria Bamiloye
90. INA ABE-ASO – Damilola Mike-Bamiloye
91. JOSEPHINE – Olutayo
92. GUILTY AS CHARGED – Seun Abraham
93. OPEN ALTAR – Bayo Abraham
94. CAUGHT IN THE WIND. – Damilola Mike-Bamiloye
95. STRANGER. – Gloria Bamiloye
96. AJOJI EMI. – Gloria Bamiloye
97. NEVER AGAIN. – Moses Adebayo
98. A LOST HOPE. – Seun Abraham
99. SILENT KILLER. – Yemi Adepoju
100. HIS STANDARD. !!! – Israel Bamidele
Like the Drama Outreach, this arm of the Ministry is as old as the Ministry in terms of the time of its taking off. When the Mount Zion Faith Ministries began in 1985, the initial main objective of the Mount Zion Faith Ministries was to produce Christian Films and Tele-drama for the propagation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and to counter the prevailing effect of the few secular films of that time.
We actually attempted a full-length film production in that year 1985 titled "Secrets of The Devil". The Film was technically bad. Our second attempt titled "Separated For Ever" too was not edited. We were later convinced that the time was not yet ripe for it. So the Lord directed us go into stage drama productions, going from church to church and ministering on campuses and conferences.
However, in the year 1990, the Lord helped us to shoot two Films titled "The Unprofitable Servant" and "The Beginning Of The End". Between 1990 and 1993, we produced five films altogether. Our First Television Serial was shot in 1993 titled AGBARA NLA. It was transmitted in all the TV Stations in the Western Region of Nigeria. The English version of the Serial titled "The Ultimate Power" was shot in 1994. Since then more TV Serials have been made in the Ministry, these are:
"Ide Esu" (The Devil's Bondage);"The Great Mistake", "The Fruitless Tree", the Haunting Shadows", "Blood on the Altar"The Forgotten Ones","One Careless Night" and "The Stormy Seas"
All these are in addition to more than 35 other feature films made both in English and Yoruba local language.
MOUNT ZION IN-HOUSE MOVIE PRODUCERS
In March 2009, the Lord granted the ministry the permission to raise in-house Producers. So, each brother in the ministry got permission to write scripts and produce them. The first script to be written and produced by a member of the Mount Zion Faith Ministries was Israel Ore-Adewole’s “Silent Cry” (June, 2009); this was followed by Joseph Yemi Adepoju’s “Change of Taste” (July, 2009). The others are:
“Hell Razer” by Jeremiah Oluwagbemi. (August, 2009)
“Majemu Ikoko”(Hidden Covenant) by Isaac Femi-Akintude (Oct, 2009)
“Running Against the Wind” by Lara Adebayo (November, 2010)
“Ipenija””(The Challenge) and
“Etutu Irorun” (Peace Sacrifice) by Matthew Bamidele (February, 2010)
“Accursed Children” by Ebenezer Bayo Abraham (July, 2010)
THE MOUNT ZION FILMS WITH FOREIGN MISSIONS
Olangi Wosho Foundation is an evangelistic /missionary organisation based in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Because of their desire to work together with us and broadcast Mount Zion movies on their television network in Congo, we sent a 3-Man Team (Evangelists Israel Ore-Adewole, Yemi Adepoju and Matthew Bamidele) on an evangelistic-missionary visit to the Headquarter Base of the organisation in Congo, where Mount Zion Faith Ministries Int’l, presented the full Film Library of the Mount Zion Film Productions to the Organisation and gave the official permission to continue the translation and broadcast in Lingala Language.
Few months later,Evangelists Mike & Gloria Bamiloye were invited to Kinshasa, DR Congo, where a full arrangement was agreed upon for the French translation and voice over production of Mount Zion movies. Presently, Olangi Wosho Foundation has made three French movies from Mount Zion movies: “The Broken Pitcher”, “A Change Of Taste” and “The Prodigal Ones”. Work is already going on with "Blood On The Altar"
C. “WALKING WITH JESUS” FILM PROJECT OF CCCI.
The Campus Crusade for Christ International, based in Orlando, FL made the popular and well celebrated and widely circulated Christian film: JESUS FILM, which has been regarded as the most translated movie in the world. The movie is commonly used on the fields of missions for evangelism and church planting; but the directors of CCCI have more visions: they desire to have African follow-up movies usable with the Jesus film. They desire a series of movies that can be used for following up disciples after the JESUS FILM might have been used for the initial crusade.
So, Evangelist Mike Bamiloye was contacted to come up with a major script of about 10 serial titles dealing with various discipleship issues: Salvation, Restitutions, Holy Spirit, Prayers, Work of the Holy Spirit, etc. The scripts were prepared and after series of script conferences and production drafts and corrections in Nairobi, Pretoria and Orlando, a final script came out and approved for shooting.
Casts for the Film series were sourced in Kenya and filming equipment was brought from both Nairobi and Orlando, Florida.
The film-serials were shot in Nairobi, Kenya, in May/June 2009, and the production has been described as good enough for the mission and the public.
D. JOINT FILM PRODUCTIONS
I. RCCG HOUSEHOLD OF FAITH, ARLINGTON, TEXAS.
After holding a two weeks Drama school for the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) Household of Faith, Arlington, Texas in September 2008, the Pastor of the church decided to make a movie with the Church Drama group in collaboration with Mount Zion Films Production, Nigeria. Later in March, the following year, there came a sensational, inspiring Christian movie, shot both in Nigeria and in Dallas, TX, it was: THE BROKEN PITCHER (March 2009) and another movie location came up the following October: “THE PRODIGAL ONES”
These are two beautiful christian movie which speak expressly to all Africans in diaspora. Apart from the film circulating in Nigeria, it has been shown on several local TV channels and Satellite TV channels for the blessing of the people.
II. THE FLAMING SWORD FILM PRODUCTIONS, DALLAS, TEXAS
The Flaming Sword Ministries International, Dallas, is an independent drama and film production ministry based in Dallas, Texas. With Mount Zion Film Productions, Nigeria, they have jointly produced the following movies: "A CRACK IN THE WALL" , "WAITING FOR THE PRINCE" and in preparation for the third joint production: "DANGEROUS INFLUENCE"
III. BOWEN UNIVERSITY, IWO, NIGERIA.
"FIWAJOMI"(Walking In His Steps)
The movie tries to capture the experiences of two teenagers from two different family backgrounds who are new to a university campus setting, the movie portrays their reactions to these temptations and challenges and how one fall for it and the other overcome it.
Fiwajomi is a boy in his mid-teenage years who got an admission into a private University, without any source of finance for the schooling. He was qualified for a scholarship, but due to wrong influence, he missed the opportunity of his life when he got expelled.
On the other side, Wuraola, another girl in her mid teenage years also got an admission into the university, almost fell into temptations and got her heart broken
"DYING WITH THE KING"
October 2009, The Bowen University, Iwo, Nigeria, entered into a joint production of "FIWAJOMI" , a film script written by Damilola Mike-Bamiloye, a 300-Level Human Management Student. The entire casts were sourced mainly from the Drama Unit of the Bowen Baptist Students Fellowship, fully produced by the Chaplaincy of the university. All the members of the Chaplaincy including some members of the faculty also played prominent roles in the movie which became a landmark of the University.
August 2011, The Mount Zion Film Productions and Bowen University were on film location again for the second joint movie production: "Dying With The King"
AUSTRALIA JOINT FILM PRODUCTIONS.
“Harvest Of Crisis” was a short movie made after the 2 weeks drama school conducted in Australia with a joint program of Redeemed Christian Church of God, shalom Assembly, Belmont, Perth, WA, and The Christ Redemption Assembly Universal, O’Conor, Perth, West Australia. The Short film shooting took three days, acted by participating students of the Drama School.
Then, in October 2013, a crew of Mike Bamiloye, Gloria Bamiloye and Damilola Mike-Bamiloye was back in Australia for a major film shooting: “Caught In The Wind” with MOUNT ZION EAGLES ON MISSION – an association formed with Mount Zion Faith Ministries Int’l, Nigeria, after our first visit in May.