One Ruler – The Power of Persecuted Church

In countries where Christians are persecuted and suppressed, Christianity is increasing rapidly. This has happened for example in in China and more recently, in the Arabic world. How do persecuted Christians see their life and faith? What is the secret of their success? Why the number of Christians tend to rise in the middle of persecution?

  • Ruut Ahonen
  • Ruut Ahonen
  • Mika Ahonen
  • Project Type:
  • Runtime:
    41 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    December 15, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    China, Finland, Italy, United States
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital, ProRes 422
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • International Christian Film Festival
    United States
    June 5, 2020
    Official Nomination
  • Canadian International Faith & Family Film Festival
    September 18, 2020
    Official Nomination
Director Biography - Ruut Ahonen

Director Ruut Ahonen, 42, is a Christian journalist and Managing Editor from Finland. She has a long experience in news and storytelling on Christian television, radio, and magazine. Since 2013, Ruut has directed six documentaries produced by her husband Mika Ahonen. The documentaries are broadcasted by many international Christian channels. By committing their free time on making documentaries the couple strives to increase the amount and level of creative and influential Christian film content.

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Director Statement

I have always been interested in the future. I get inspired by learning new things and exploring the trends of today to be able to understand the time we are living in and will be living tomorrow. Even very challenging global processes arise more curiosity than fear in me. In the documentary “One Ruler – the Power of Persecuted Church” this curiosity was turned to a positive force. The idea was to get to learn something new from persecuted Christians and bring the good news out of their horrible experiences to encourage Christians of the West. Many times, we who are not suffering from our faith just want to avoid the whole subject of persecution even if understanding it could help us become stronger in Christ for the future. Despite the hard topic, we found something positive and very important to say. I wish that in this and every documentary we make there is a strong message of hope and the presence of God who is the hope of the world at all times.