Award-Winning Motion Picture Tells Riveting Backstory Behind Billy Graham Classic "The Hiding Place"

"Return to the Hiding Place" makes television premiere on TBN Sunday, Nov. 29th

Nov 25, 2015, 13:45 ET from Trinity Broadcasting Network

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the archives of faith-and-family cinema no motion picture is more universally esteemed than The Hiding Place. The 1975 Billy Graham-produced film tells the heroic true story of Corrie ten Boom and her family as they selflessly worked to protect Jews from the advancing Nazi scourge in Holland during the early days of World War II. Forty years after its exciting premiere in theaters across America, The Hiding Place continues to move audiences worldwide.

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It has also inspired an award-winning dramatic sequel, Return to the Hiding Place, which will make its world television premiere on the Trinity Broadcasting Network Sunday, November 29th. Produced by veteran filmmaker Peter Spencer, Return to the Hiding Place tells the story made famous by The Hiding Place through the eyes of Hans Poley, a young physics student who is forced to hide in the ten Boom's home for refusing to sign an oath of loyalty to the Nazi Party. The riveting sequel follows the courageous actions of a small student resistance force, led in part by Corrie ten Boom, who risk their own lives to hide and transport to safety hundreds of Jews in danger of being imprisoned and murdered by the Nazis.

Spencer explained that he was compelled to make Return to the Hiding Place after meeting and becoming friends with an elderly Poley twenty years ago, and hearing of his close connection to Corrie ten Boom and the events in The Hiding Place. As Poley related the stories of sacrifice and courage that he and his young friends made for individuals they did not know, Spencer knew there was a story that had to be told.

Poley's recollections prompted Spencer to delve into Dutch historical archives and to search out the personal accounts of survivors of the Nazi horror to find out more about the story behind the "Hiding Place" and the young people Corrie ten Boom called her "teenage army." What he uncovered was "both amazing and sobering," he said, "as story after story unfolded about these young heroes, most of whom perished giving their lives that others might live."

Three years in the making, Return to the Hiding Place has been the recipient of several cinema awards, along with endorsements from movie critics, media professionals, and faith leaders. Evangelist Franklin Graham called the movie "well-produced and powerful," adding that "Return to the Hiding Place speaks to the critical need for people to place their faith and trust in Jesus Christ … and to count the cost as we courageously put that faith into action."

Mark Batterson, author of the best-selling book The Circle Maker, said: "Nothing inspires like a true story, and this one is brilliantly told. The virtue of sacrifice is depicted in a way that inspires me to greater devotion."

And Sean McNamara, writer and director of the hit 2011 movie Soul Surfer, said that Return to the Hiding Place shows with drama and power "what brave Christians did for their fellow man in the face of the 20th Century's greatest evil."

Spencer noted that at a time when Christians are being increasingly targeted around the world for their faith, the real-life story of the individuals portrayed in Return to the Hiding Place offers a powerful demonstration to today's generation of what it means to stand for one's Christian convictions.

"Most teenagers in America right now are thinking more about video games and how to entertain themselves," Spencer told the Christian movie site, "and these teenagers went literally overnight from innocent students to fighting the most violent army in the world. It was because of their faith.... I feel like this generation growing up in the church realizes that the time is now. We can't just sit idly by and do nothing."

Speaking of the teens portrayed in Return to the Hiding Place, Spencer added that "these young people made a stand and they won. That's what Christians need to see today."

Return to the Hiding Place makes its world television premiere on the Trinity Broadcasting Network Sunday, November 29th, at 7 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Central, 10 p.m. Eastern).

You can also view the original motion picture The Hiding Place on TBN Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving Day), at 7 p.m. Pacific (9 p.m. Central, 10 p.m. Eastern), and Friday, November 27th, at 8:30 a.m. Pacific (10:30 a.m. Central, 11:30 a.m. Eastern).

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