The Butterfly Circus – Struggle and Triumph

November 8, 2011

[From time to time we’ll post about evangelistic resources we recommend. We hope you will find them helpful as you seek ways to engage with today’s culture and introduce people to Jesus.]

In an earlier post, we talked about using short films and movies to open discussions about spiritual truth. One short film that we recommend with that in mind is The Butterfly Circus.

Will, the protagonist in The Butterfly Circus, has a very unique challenge, alienating him from other people and causing him to be mistreated and misunderstood. An encounter with the ringmaster of The Butterfly Circus sets off a chain of events that leads Will on a journey he never expected.

The Butterfly Circus – HD from The Butterfly Circus on Vimeo.

“…the greater the struggle, the more glorious the triumph”

The idea of overcoming a difficulty appears in a lot of movies and nearly all great stories. It’s a great topic to talk about with friends after watching the film because most people know what it’s like to overcome a challenge and would have a story to tell.

When people start resonating with the deeper themes in films they can easily connect them to their own lives, opening a door for dialogue. And thought-provoking questions are a great way to start good dialogues. Below are some questions that can be used with The Butterfly Circus.

  • Which character do you identify with the most? Why?
  • What does Will believe about himself at the beginning of the film? At the end?

  • Have you experienced something that changed how you view yourself, for better or for worse? What was it?

  • Have you ever had any big challenges to overcome? What were they?

  • What does the ringmaster of The Butterfly Circus represent to you?

  • Have you ever known anyone like the ringmaster?

You can find more information about the movie here. Join the conversation about The Butterfly Circus by leaving a comment below.

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