Heaven on Earth

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werkleitz Biennale 2006 Happy Believers
Heaven on Earth
Germany 2001

Branson, Missouri. Some call it the New Nashville or the Las Vegas of the Bible Belt. Over the past ten years, nearly 40 theatres have risen off the ground in this once sleepy Ozark Mountain town of fewer than 4000 inhabitants. Here in America’s heartland, country legends and television and stage stars from yesteryear have reincarnated themselves and offer up good ol’patriotic, Christian entertainment to six million tourists. Light-hearted and ironic, Heaven on Earth takes a look behind the scenes at this mythical American town. We meet colourful figures and see the spectacular resurrection of Jesus in the musical The Promise. This is a film about God, country and country music.

Full of curiosity and with a sense of irony, the American filmmaker Rick Minnich, who now lives in Berlin, keeps on searching for his old homeland – the US. The result: documentary films that provide an amusing insider-view from the outside – an America beyond the large cities, one we have never seen before.
http://www. rickfilms.de

DE 2001, 52 min, engl mit dt UT

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