28th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Praying for Armageddon
Praying for Armageddon
Praying for Armageddon
Praying for Armageddon

Praying for Armageddon

director: Michael Rowley, Tonje Hessen Schei
original title: Praying for Armageddon
country: Norway
year: 2023
running time: 96 min.


The film reveals the mechanisms behind the weakening of democratic principles in the United States through evangelical fundamentalism. Religious groups and popular TV pastors proclaim the coming of the end of the world just as the Bible says. They see its origins in the coronavirus crisis, the unrest in the Middle East, and the potential development of LGBTQIA+ rights. Exploring the influence of religious fundamentalism on leading politicians and their foreign policy raises an uncomfortable question: what happens when the prophets of the end of the world whisper in the ears of the politicians who have the power to bring it about?

Praying for Armageddon is a compelling, sobering Revelation all its own, revealing the hitherto unimagined scale of a type of political insanity that would entrust the future to people who don’t want there to be a future at all.” — Jessica Kiang

Source: Variety


Tonje Hessen Schei is a Norwegian director, producer and screenwriter. She studied social anthropology and has a degree in film production. She has received several awards for her work. Michael Rowley is an American documentary filmmaker, cinematographer and editor. His documentary Hurdle (2017) received a nomination at the Dallas International Film Festival.

more about film

director: Michael Rowley, Tonje Hessen Schei
producer: Christian Aune Falch, Torstein Parelius
Ministerstvo kultury
Fond kinematografie
Město Jihlava
Kraj Vysočina
Creative Europe Media
Česká televize
Český rozhlas