A documentary by Hendrik Lietmann and Matthias Tränkle
runtime: 90 min

MORE JESUS tells the unlikely story of Edmund Sackey-Brown, an ambitious and charismatic preacher from Ghana looking to establish a 5000-capacity „Megachurch“  in the Ruhr region of Germany. With the numbers of faithful steadily dwindling since the 1960s, however, and churches being closed, not just in Germany, it’s a mission that for all intents and purposes appears both hopeless and hopelessly ill-conceived. But Edmund is unflappable in his belief – he’s sure of a breakthrough along the lines of the Pentecostal churches in the USA and Africa, where members of some churches number up to 50,000.
Edmund’s dream starts in a residential area of Mülheim an der Ruhr, a community made up of predominantly African migrants. After buying the premises of a former supermarket with the intention of converting it into a mission center, the community must confront the reality of prohibitively high costs and bureaucratic hurdles.
The film tells the story of Edmund’s struggle for faith. Over and above, though, it also sheds much-needed light on the culture clash between the local German working class and the spiritual and emotional Africans.

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Script and Direction: Hendrik Lietmann and
Matthias Tränkle
Camera: Hendrik Lietmann
Sound: Achim Fell
Montage: Ivan Morales jr.
Commissioning Editor: Jutta Krug, WDR

In co-production with WDR
Production funded by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

Kassel Documentary Festival 2012

Cologne Conference 2013