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‘Victor’ Offers Hope


Rarely if ever does one find a motion picture that successfully conveys a scripturally–based solution to the problem of drug addiction. In an age where heroin use disorders have reached epidemic proportions in the United States, “Victor,” the movie, offers a compelling response.

Based on the real–life story of Victor Torres and filmed at Fox Studios in Hollywood, this production offers viewers a dramatic depiction of how incarnational ministry and integrated mission can happen in a community.

The story begins in 1962 with an immigrant family from Puerto Rico. They run into trouble when the father loses his job. In frustration, his teenage son resorts to gang activity, violence, and finally heroin addiction. He and the family are brought to their knees before finding Christ through the help of a young pastor’s storefront ministry.

Greg Wilkerson, the movie’s producer, is son of David Wilkerson (“The Cross and the Switchblade,” the 1970 film starring Pat Boone and Erik Estrada). In 1962, David Wilkerson launched the program in Brooklyn, N.Y., where Torres and his family came to Christ.

In 1971, Torres founded New Life for Youth, which continues to help transform broken lives and leave a legacy of hope.

Chosen from among 1,500 films, “Victor” became one of the official five jury selections for the Heartland Film Festival (2015), the Richmond International Film Festival (2016), the Rincón International Film Festival of Puerto Rico (2016), and the Coronado Film Festival (2016).

Said Rosalinda Rivera, associate producer and daughter of Torres, “Our vision is to use the ‘Victor’ movie to bring hope to prisoners behind bars, broken and hurting families, and young people who are desperately seeking an answer. We know the answer is—Jesus.”

This month, “Victor” is scheduled for release in theaters. A distribution deal with Netflix is currently in negotiation. Visit Thevictormovie.com.

by Warren L. Maye

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