Thursday, October 28, 2010
Released on DVD on October 5th by Vivendi Entertainment and RHI Entertainment, Christmas in Canaan is about an unlikely friendship that blossoms between two 10-year old boys from different backgrounds in the racially charged backdrop of rural Texas, 1964.
Widower, Daniel Burton (Billy Ray Cyrus) is doing his best to raise his three children without prejudice. Despite all his efforts, his 10-year old son, DJ (Zak Ludwig) has made an enemy of his classmate, Rodney (Jaishon Fisher) simply because Rodney is black. In an attempt to remedy the situation, Daniel, along with Rodney's grandmother Miss Eunice (Candus Churchill) decide to force the boys to spend time together. It is then that the two kindred spirits learn about compassion and overcome racial tensions, forming a lifelong bond. Amid the spirit of Christmas, the boys experience the gift of friendship, the power of hope, and the true meaning of family. Christmas In Canaan is based on the book co-written by Grammy Award winner Kenny Rogers.
In less than two short months Christmas will be here. One thing that my family enjoys doing to get in the spirit is watch Christmas and holiday movies. Christmas In Canaan is a holiday movie, but it's much more than that. It's a story of struggle, friendship, compassion, and family ties.
Don't hate me all you country music fans, but I never was a fan of Billy Cyrus' music. It's not him personally; I'm just not a lover of that music genre. With that said, I do like his acting abilities. He plays the role of the father in this movie with great conviction.
The movie shows racial prejudices, which opened up conversation between me and the kids about tolerance and things that happened during that time period. There are some scenes in this movie where you'll want to have your Kleenex handy. Christmas In Canaan will pull at your heartstrings, put you in the holiday mood, and remind you that color is only skin deep.
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