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There Will Come A Day
By Taylor Shanks With on February 07, 2013

“There Will Come A Day” is a powerful story of loss and pain for Augusta, the female protagonist. She experiences the loss of her child, assuming a miscarriage, and her husband leaving her as a response, she goes on a pilgrimage to Brazil. The opening scene is the sound of the night, with the moon and a sonogram sort of overlapping each other, and so the viewer sees that there is going to be some significance with a child in some way. Her pilgrimage consists of living on a boat with her Catholic aunt as they travel up and down the Amazon serving and giving to the locals who are in need. Augusta is not one for words, because from the beginning of the movie, she does not say much. She is much more of an observer. The opening scene on the boat where Augusta’s aunt is talking about her call to ministry, she talks about an audible call from God. Augusta responds by saying, “What if you don’t hear him?” This sets the stage for Augusta’s journey of figuring out her own faith and life path as she wrestles with God over her pain. The scenic pictures that are captured in the cinematography are unbelievable and contribute to Augusta’s healing process. She is discouraged by the westernization and the methods in which her aunt and the church are “helping” the locals. She even asks (paraphrased), “Why do you make them do things they do not understand?” She leaves her aunt and enters into the community of the “favelas” or the slums. She begins to build a life here, helping the locals with jobs and becoming a part of the community in many ways. There are many significant moments with her interactions with children along the way. In a Q & A after the screening of the film, the director mentioned that there are two moments in which he feels connection with God, in prayer and with the simplicity of a child. The director said one does not know where it comes from but come, play and discover the meaning of life. The house where Augusta lives, there is a young woman with a child who she cares for and Augusta connects with the little boy. With the pressures of finances, the father of the child sells him for money and the loss of the child drives Augusta back to the Amazon and into solitude. She lands on an island by herself and pines and pines about her loss. She says, “You deceived me.” where she is talking, praying and fighting with God about her loss. On the island, a little boy that shows up and plays with her on the beach is a step to her healing. The director made it clear saying, “How many times do we go through life, looking for an answer, especially on the spiritual side of things, and this little gift arrives (the boy) and because of the loss of Augusta’s child, human touch is important.” Her story is one among many, but to truly paint a picture of her struggle and journey amidst the nature shows our relationship to the world and to each other. There is a strong sense of real writhing and pining in pain in Augusta’s walk of life, trying to figure out where she stands with God and in her pain. Her strong faith background is shown when she goes on a mission with the church, and addresses the outdated evangelism or proselytizing methods that take place when trying to share the gospel of Christ, discouraging her further. Her redemption is found in her time with the child on the island towards the end of the film, her intense prayerful conversation with God, and the ending illustrating that her journey is not yet finished.

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