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(2011), NR [PG-NR*] (88.3min)

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(While the Scriptural references are certainly not subjective, my commentary may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2011), NR [PG-NR*] ... indeed real scenes of real death, real dying and real destruction

Production (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment
Distribution (US): Pure|Flix Entertainment
Created by: Tim Scott, Will Decker, Michael Scott
Producer(s): Tim Scott, Will Decker
Written by: Tim Scott
Camera: Tim Scott, Will Decker
Music: Will Musser
Viewed on Pure|Flix Entertainment DVD

This three-part filming series starts with a viewer discretion warning of raw and graphic imagery of the devastation and death caused by the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti. It would be wise to heed that warning with a somber mind. The combined violence and violence-related content is clearly equivalent to such content in many R-rated features. The scoring distribution is based on the three parts viewed as one film.

Note that this history-significant documentary is treated as a piece of entertainment by the CAP Analysis Model. The documentary is indeed real scenes of real death, real dying and real destruction but it is still on the screen.

To the right is the timeline of the seven-day event drawn from data provided in the film. Part 1 is Day 1 and 2 in Haiti. Part 2 is Day 3 and 4. Part 3 is Day 5, 6 and 7.

To the left is a basic map of Haiti to help unfamiliar readers with the geography involved.

The intro of the film series reports that on January 12, 2010 a 7.0 earthquake with an epicenter 16 miles from the Haiti capital city of Port-Au Prince leveled the city ... and life in it. The estimates reported by the film are nearly 230,000 people dead and over 1,500,000 without homes. The filmmakers did a productive recording of the chaos and turmoil but were careful to report also on miraculous rescues.

While the 7.0 primary earthquake was bad enough, two aftershocks, one of 5.9 and another of 5.5 hit the area, multiplying the damage. This earthquake gave another dimension to the definition of "catastrophe", of "total destruction" and of "massive death" and is thought by the United Nations to be the most destructive in human history.

The Viewer Discretion warning at the beginning of the film is a wise effort by the filmmakers. This film not only contains imagery of complete and consuming destruction and devastation but of human suffering not likely matched in a natural disaster before now. Not only does the film display images of people partially buried under tons of rubble it provides imagery of mass graves dug out of the countryside with piles of human bodies lying at the bottom of pits. Such imagery is akin to and is as or more disturbing than the piles of human bodies seen in films of the Holocaust perpetrated by Adolf Hitler.


Following are brief discussions of the content per individual content investigation area. As always the Findings section of this report, the heart of the CAP Analysis Model, is the best source for discovering the full accounting of the content of this film.

Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
This film is intense with the violence of catastrophe and death. Views of actual human bodies piled in pits, views of bodies partially buried under rubble and other matters of violence saturate Part 1 and much of Part 2. God warns us of the influence of violence more than 50 times from the Old testament to the New Testament. And He does not differentiate due to the cause of violence. Of the dozens of verses that admonish us to shed violence from our lives, Proverb 16:29 puts it quite succinctly. In Proverb 16:29 God warns that violence can be "catching:" that it can lead one into the way that is not good. And 2000 years after God "published His findings", man did also and plagiarized God's Word, probably without knowing it, by publishing findings that warn violence in and as entertainment can, among other things, lead the viewer, especially youth, into real life violence: that violence can cause the viewer to believe violence is an effective way to settle conflict.

Please be careful about what age stratum you decide this film is fit.

Impudence/Hate (I) - 80 out of 100
The only matters of content and portrayal ("demonstration" in the case of entertainment) in this film that apply to this content investigation area are the police corruption and police brutality.

Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
No, it was not immoral of the dying man, the victim of a gunshot to the head by the police, for his genitalia to be exposed as his pants were dragged down during his extrication but it was immoral of the filmmakers to show it. The scene, which could easily have been edited out, made it clear the filmmakers not only waited for the exposure to happen, they obviously wanted it left in the footage.

Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
There are no instances of consumption or possession of illegal drugs, of alcoholic beverages nor tobacco in the entire 83.3 minutes of the film. Nor are there any scenes of abuse of prescription drugs.

Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
No manner of Satanism, occultism, witchcraft, sorcery or anything of the kind were portrayed. God's name is not abused even once. Rather, God is praised in many moments throughout the film.

Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
While there are many deaths and even one at the hands of the police, no portrayals of murder or suicide were found. It is not within the parameters of this investigation area to incorporate attempted murders or suicides or deaths by war or by police action into the scoring distribution. Such displays are incorporated into the scoring by the Wanton Violence/Crime content investigation area.



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  • Prov. 16:29 A violent man enticeth his neighbour, and leadeth him into the way that is not good. [The issue is the violence, the 'way that is not good' no matter how "small" or "fantasy" or "justified" the violence might seem, and its "leading" effect on the observer. "A violent man" can be any character of any age, any gender, human or not in the act of committing (demonstrating in the case of entertainment) violent behavior/action whether for good or evil OR the violent behaviors/actions themselves. Such exposure can and does embolden the viewer into aggression, especially youth. It took years for the American professional health community to finally affirm, probably without knowing it, that which God told us in 1 Cor. 15:33 below. See also Joint Statement on the Impact of Entertainment Violence on Children: Congressional Public Health Summit for more information. Their findings include:
    --> Children who see a lot of violence are more likely to view violence as an effective way of settling conflicts. Children exposed to violence are more likely to assume the acts of violence are acceptable behavior.
    --> Viewing violence can lead to emotional desensitization towards violence in real life. It can decease the likelihood that one will take action on behalf of a victim when violence occurs.
    --> Entertainment violence feeds a perception that the world is a violent and mean place. Viewing violence increases fear of becoming a victim of violence, with a resultant increase in self-protective behavior and a mistrust of others.
    --> Viewing violence may lead to real life violence. Children exposed to violent programming at a young age have a higher tendency for violent and aggressive behavior later in life than children who are not so exposed.
    Further, God speaks darkly of violence 56 times in the Old and New Testament of the KJV.]

    Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry

  • Jer. 37:9 Jer. 37:9 - 10 This is what the LORD says: Do not deceive yourselves, thinking, 'The Babylonians [the destroyers from within] will surely leave us.' They will not! Even if you were to defeat the entire Babylonian army that is attacking you and only wounded men were left in their tents, they would come out and burn this city down. [The "destroyers form within" do not have to be army warriors. They can be the ones who destroy through corruption of moral standards as well, such as filmmakers who perpetuate desensitization against wholesome standards. They aren't going anywhere, folks. Not until Jesus comes again.]
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend what is vile, embrace it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it.]
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil [kakov: of a bad nature, not such as it ought to be] communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among us], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Offend: skandalizo {skan-dal-id'-zo} - scandalize; to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away.]
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The objective heart of the CAP Analysis Model, independent of and insulated from the Summary / Commentary section.)

    7 Days in Haiti: Travel the Road (2011) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W) - Zero out of 100
  • scenes of devastation, chaos and complete destruction; frequent
  • scenes of humans trapped, two
  • scenes of death: mutilated, decaying bodies, frequent
  • body deformity due to broken femur
  • sounds of gunfire, repeatedly
  • scenes of gunshot injury, repeatedly
  • human frenzy

    Impudence/Hate (I) - 80 out of 100
  • police corruption
  • police brutality, three scenes

    Sexual Immorality (S) - 92 out of 100
  • flash nudity, male genitalia

    Drugs/Alcohol (D) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Offense to God (O) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

    Murder/Suicide (M) - 100 out of 100
  • none noted

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    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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