Reach Beyond’s Media Partner in Ecuador Helps Bring Ex-Con’s Message of Hope to the Big Screen 

Reach Beyond partner and missionary radio broadcaster HCJB Ecuador has helped bring a faith-based movie to theaters in Ecuador, serving as executive producer of Tal Vez Mañana (Maybe Tomorrow) – the third Spanish-language Christian movie that has seen a major release in Ecuador.

Made by an alum of Reach Beyond’s media training school, with several former and current ministry staff involved in front of and behind the cameras, Tal Vez Mañana follows the struggles of Jacobo “Jac” Muñoz to make a new life for himself and his family after coming to Christ while in prison. The 92-minute drama was written and directed by Dwight Gregorich, who with his wife, Tamara Torres, runs Tamto Productions. The couple met at the Christian Center for Communications (CCC), the media training program Reach Beyond ran in Ecuador for 30 years, until 2014.

“We wanted to support their work,” Anabella Cabezas, HCJB Ecuador’s director, said in a press release regarding the organization's involvement in the project. “We know them and trust their work ethics and quality production, and this was another way to present the truth of the hope we can find in Christ.”

Tal Vez Mañana was shot in and around the Ecuadorian capital, Quito, where the ministry is headquartered. Principal photographer was Paul Childs, whose parents, Jim and Elaine Childs, have served in Ecuador with Reach Beyond since 1983.

Following a positive reception to screenings in almost a dozen cities, Gregorich and Torres are in talks involving international distribution for their film, with the possibility of a subtitled edition for the English-speaking world at some stage.

The couple paid tribute to Reach Beyond’s part in preparing them for their work. It was during their years at CCC that “our gifts and talents were refined for cinematic production,” said Torres in a press release.

“Our hearts are thankful to God for what he is doing through the movie,” she added. “The message is touching lives and challenging them to make a change for good.”

HCJB Ecuador’s part in Tal Vez Mañana is just the latest way in which the organization has diversified and developed since it began working in Ecuador in 1931. Starting with radio broadcasting, which continues to this day, Reach Beyond later expanded to offer medical services. Its work has also spread to other parts of the world.

PHOTO ABOVE: Members of the HCJB Ecuador production team at one of the theaters that is showing Tal Vez Mañana.

By NRB Staff

Published: December 14, 2017


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