Robert Orlando's Documentary A POLITE BRIBE to Open 10/31
A POLITE BRIBE
Did early Christianity take root thanks to a bribe? Robert Orlando's groundbreaking new documentary answers with a resounding yes! Orlando, a filmmaker and independent scholar, has spent nearly 30 years digging through ancient texts to unearth a secret from sacred history's cellar, involving the legendary Apostle Paul and a money collection. The result is a film that is part biopic, part historical drama, and part bible reconstruction.
"This film shines a light on a secret long buried in the academy and glossed over by the Church," says Orlando.
A Polite Bribe, opening October 31 at select theaters across the country, exposes a plot involving a money collection used by Paul to "soften" two hostile factions in the early church. The conflict reveals budding Christian movement plagued by money and politics. The story "breaks taboos" on assumed doctrines and reveals a Da Vinci Code ending - only with real evidence! Historical facts, Orlando suggests, paint an image of Paul not as a saint of stained glass, but as a troubled and besieged man with an abundance of passion, but little financial support. He was a visionary who, though inspired by God, agreed to a bribe to fulfill his mission.
Told through interviews with an unprecedented collection of world-renowned Pauline scholars, illustrated with stunning graphical images, and backed by a dramatic original score, Orlando's film tells a memorable and at times shocking story.
"Though we have been told it was Jesus who intended his message to reach all people, it was actually the Apostle Paul who moved beyond the Holy Land," explains Orlando. "In the end, His effort was in fact against the wishes of those who knew Jesus best! It was Paul who envisioned a coming kingdom of God, without law, that would raise the banner of freedom for all humankind and eventually conquer the Roman Empire."