Christian Docudrama About Six-Day War Becomes U.S. Box Office Hit

'In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,' by Christian Broadcasting Network, made over $1.6 million in debut Tuesday

Nirit Anderman
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A screenshot from the trailer of 'in our hands.'
A screenshot from the trailer of 'in our hands.'
Nirit Anderman
Nirit Anderman

A Christian Broadcasting Network docudrama, which claims to “prove the prophecy of the return of the Jews to their homeland,” has become a box office hit, making over $1.6 million on its first day.

The CBN Documentaries docudrama “In Our Hands: The Battle for Jerusalem,” recounting Israel’s Six Day War and its conquest of East Jerusalem, debuted in the United States on Tuesday to sold-out audiences.

The film, written and directed by Erin Zimmerman, was broadcast in 733 cinemas, grossing more than $1.6 million. The Box Office Mojo site ranked it the third highest grossing movie that day and 113rd highest grossing docudrama since 1982.

Produced for the Six Day War’s 50th anniversary, the film combines interviews and a reconstruction of historic events from the war, telling the story of the IDF’s Paratroopers Brigade’s capture of the eastern part of the city.

“For centuries, their nation has been in exile. For a generation, they had been without access to their ancestral city,” the film’s official website says. “For six days, surrounded by enemies, Israel stood aloneand changed history.”

Gordon Robertson, the CEO of CBN, told the Faithwire site he hoped the movie has a double impact – “point people toward God and start a conversation about Middle Eastern foreign policy.”

“If you want to prove the existence of God, look to Israel,” the site cites Robertson as saying. “The number of prophesies of the return of the Jews to the land and the restoration of the land, how children will once again play in the streets of Jerusalem, all of these prophecies were fulfilled either in 1948 or 1967.”

In front, from left: Generals Rehavam Ze'evi and Uzi Narkiss, Defense Minister Moshe Dayan and Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin near the Western Wall in Jerusalem during the Six Day War.Credit: IDF archive

Robertson also said in the interview to Faithwire that he wants to “start a conversation about current foreign policy regarding the Middle East and the need for the world to recognize that Jerusalem is the eternal, undivided capital of Israel.”

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