The film tells the story of this controversial “holy woman,” the success of her Christian-inspired feeding program, and her mega-church Remnant Fellowship, founded in Tennessee in 1999.
“Hunger for Redemption”follows the 2021 release of the Emmy-winning director’s HBO Max documentary The Way Down: God, Greed and the Cult of Gwen Shamblin Marina Zenovich, which, based on the testimonies of church survivors, recounts some unedifying details of the diets they followed and the brainwashing they were subjected to.
1986, Gwen Schamblin founded the Weigh Down Workshop, a Christian weight loss program that essentially asked its members to replace food with God. Soon, thanks to word of mouth, the workshops were successfully held in many churches across the country and even abroad. However, over the years, Gwen’s church and the guru himself have been embroiled in controversy over her method.
A wealth of merchandise, t-shirts, hats and many books also contributed to the tremendous success of the Christian-inspired Weigh Down Workshop, including 1997’s true diet bible, Weigh Down Workshop Diet, which sold more than 1.2 million copies.
Gwen’s main message is that the love of food should be transferred to the love of God, this allows you to cut food portions in half and only eat when you are hungry.
“Instead of eating 15 to 20 times a day, run to God,” he said.
Among the allegations made against the author and nutrition guru was that her church supports the corporal punishment of children, as many former followers have said. “The way to train (his kids) is to beat them up until they cry, punches on the head”.
“Dirty Dancing” the sequel
Meanwhile, a few months ago it was confirmed that Jennifer Gray would be the protagonist and executive producer of the Dirty Dancing sequel. The confirmation came from the CEO of Lionsgate, Jon Feltheimer who stated, “It will be exactly the kind of romantic and nostalgic film that fans have been waiting for and that has made it the best-selling title in the company’s history.”
A Golden Globe and an Oscar for the song “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Frank Previte, John DeNicola and Donald Markowitz, with over 40 million copies of the soundtrack sold. In short, a global hit with audiences too, with over $200 million at the worldwide box office (versus a budget of just $5 million).
Released in 1987, the original film became an instant cult hit and catapulted the cast Jennifer Gray and Patrick Swayze, who died in 2009 at the age of 57, at the height of fame.
Patrick Swayze, a legendary and unforgettable star of films like ‘Ghost’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’, has passed away at the age of 57 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. The star had discovered he was ill in January 2008, and after a round of chemotherapy his health improved enough for him to return to work on the television series The Beast. But by early 2009, his condition had deteriorated again.
However, he never gave up on the set and his passions: “I will keep fighting until medicine finds a cure for my illness,” he said.
In “Dirty Dancing”, his most famous interpretation, in which he expresses not only his acting skills but also those of a dancing star, Johnny Castle, a dance master in a tourist village in America who falls in love, replies that he who comes from the slums of the young Babe, a girl from a good family, who goes on holiday with her father and mother. The whole story of this thwarted and unconventional love revolves around dance: he is the village dance teacher and this passion infects Babe too. A quality that also earned him the Rolex Award as one of the best dancers in cinema history.