Friends, I have the sweetest new film to tell you about from Pure Flix (plus a giveaway you can enter to win!). If you’re interested in other cultures or in living cross-culturally in other nations, you will love this. Brand-new from AFFIRM ORIGINALS, Sun Moon will capture your heart as Kelsey’s planned future takes direction from “Runaway Bride,” except she’s not the one running! She’ll never have dreamed where she’ll end up.
About Sun Moon
Kelsey, in her exquisite wedding dress, with the church decorated and prepared for her wedding…doesn’t get married when her fiance decides he prefers her best friend to her. That’s when we meet our heroine; curled up in her tub with her hair and makeup done and her dress crumpled around her.
What’s a girl to do when she feels humiliated, lost, and hopeless? Could perhaps a leap of faith change everything for her?
Because later, Kelsey hears a missionary couple speak at her church. They are telling their stories and encouraging parishioners to “take a leap of faith” and come to Taiwan to teach students. Kelsey, who’s still upset and bewildered at being left at the altar, decides that this will be her leap of faith: she’s going to move to Taiwan to teach.
Leap of faith: An acceptance of or willingness to do something based largely or entirely on one’s faith that it is correct or will work, despite having little or no evidence or assurance thereof.TheFreeDictionary.com
But here’s what the leap of faith doesn’t inform Kelsey of: how to speak or even read the language in Taiwan. How to get around in her new city. How to understand her students and to meet their needs–as well as to actually teach them English. There’s no one who’s assigned to help Kelsey with these rather major challenges and goals. She feels absolutely alone.
But of course, we know that she’s not alone. God is there, working in her, working in her situation; developing love and compassion in her; and showing her that she’s meant for so much more than she ever imagined.
Like Kelsey, I had the incredible privilege (quite some time ago) of moving overseas to a different culture, with a VERY different language, for a couple of amazing and wonderful years. Unlike Kelsey, I wasn’t on my own. But I was faced with the need to learn a foreign language along with the requirement of learning to live with a team, all with the goal of sharing God’s Word and His deep love with individuals. (There was also this very normal yet still difficult thing called culture shock, which revolved around the main question of, How? How do I shop for food, how do I filter water, how do I not blow the fuses by using both a heater and a hair dryer at the same time?) One adjusts, and learns–and builds relationships that make all the difference of living cross-culturally
Even if I hadn’t shared a similar experience to Kelsey’s, I’d have loved watching her learn the ways of her new culture, and of trying to work with her new students. She travels the road that takes her from seeing a collective sea of faces that she’s trying to teach English to…to learning the lives and challenges behind those faces, which is one of the factors that changes her time in Taiwan.
The other is her friendship with Horace, a fellow teacher at the school. Unlike Kelsey, he’s won the hearts of his students while keeping the order and respect that’s necessary in their classroom. Also unlike Kelsey, he understands the culture AND speaks the language! So she approaches him with her questions. And eventually, she learns his heart as well.
So, watching Sun Moon felt at times, very familiar. And exciting! I love hearing stories of how God calls us from the familiar and places us in the unknown. (He can do this, of course, without our leaving our own culture.) But watching Kelsey navigate her way through a completely unfamiliar landscape to her eyes, ears, emotions, and heart–and seeing God move in incredible ways in the unfamiliarity was joyful and heartwarming. And the relationship-building? It will just gladden your heart.
And it’s not just living in Taiwan that brings challenges to Kelsey. Life back at home in the U.S. isn’t static; there are things going on there that touch her as well, with her sister and her mother. There is suffering happening in those she’s begun to love overseas; but it’s happening back in the U.S. too. There’s a decision that she’s going to have to make soon. How will she know the right way to go?
Don’t miss Sun Moon. It is precious, inspiring, and really unlike any other movie I’ve seen in quite awhile. You can find it on Pure Flix. And if you don’t have a Pure Flix membership? You can enter to win one below!
Enter to win a 3-month sub to Pure Flix
Sun Moon is available now only on Pure Flix, and you don’t want to miss it, I promise! So if you don’t have a Pure Flix membership, enter to win a 3-month Pure Flix subscription here! Just click on the link below that says, “Enter here!” That will take you to a Giveaway Tools entry form, where you can enter to win in a variety of ways. US entrants only; limited to those who have NOT won a Pure Flix subscription in the last 6 months. Giveaway closes on May 13, 2023. Best wishes!
And watch this fun video with the writer/director of Sun Moon!
The wonderful Jean Thomason from Momentum Influencer Network got to interview Sydney Tooley, the writer and the director of Sun Moon!
And last, but DEFINITELY not least, don’t miss the trailer for Sun Moon!
Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.