Abigail Disney's directorial debut, THE ARMOR OF LIGHT, follows the journey of an Evangelical minister trying to find the courage to preach about the growing toll of gun violence in America. The film tracks Reverend Rob Schenck, anti—abortion activist and fixture on the political far right, who breaks with orthodoxy by questioning whether being pro—gun is consistent with being pro—life. Reverend Schenck is shocked and perplexed by the reactions of his long—time friends and colleagues who warn him away from this complex, politically explosive issue.
Along the way, Rev. Schenck meets Lucy McBath, the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was murdered in Florida. McBath, also a Christian, decides to work with Schenck even though she is pro—choice. Lucy is on a difficult journey of her own, trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to effect some kind of viable and effective political action.
ARMOR follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America's gun culture through a moral lens.
“Emerges as a thoughtful and moving portrait of a man who has risked his status and career to publicly fight for his convictions. Watching him agonize over his decision - at one point he admits to fearing for his life - makes for compelling real-life drama.”—The Hollywood Reporter
“So we need Jesus, the gospel, and a sidearm, right? That question is raised in a very calm manner, which doesn't make it any less unsettling.”—Twitch
Official Selection TRIBECA Film Festival
Official Selection AFI Film Festival
Official Selection TRAVERSE CITY Film Festival