Forty Days is the bizarre, funny, mystifying, harrowing and always entertaining story of a Jew’s search for Jesus across the American Bible Belt. Combining a powerful personal journey of spiritual discovery with sensitive and illuminating discussions with believers and non-believers alike, this unhinged road movie explores one of our increasingly secular society’s last great taboos: What if Jesus is…for real? Filmmaker Billie Mintz sets out on a quest to ask this question and to give Jesus 40 days to answer.
Bravely (even uncomfortably) honest, and at times hilarious, Forty Days is an unfailingly open experiment in both filmmaking and storytelling. An examination of the possibility of what the Christians call “salvation” told by a protagonist who is as skeptical as anyone, but courageous (or is it crazy?) enough to actually dive in and embrace the possibility that he’s wrong.
Over an extraordinary forty days, celebrated filmmaker Billie Mintz (National Geographic Explorer, Jesus Town, USA) encounters preachers, pastors, evangelists, and charlatans. He goes 15 rounds with an exorcist, and looks for guidance from a former gang member turned soldier for Christ. He fights with skeptical family and friends, and even has a falling out with his crew over the implications of what he’s doing. The stakes are high, the journey is real. And the ending may surprise you. Hell, it might even save you.