Unspoken tells the incredible story of the historical and nuanced relationship between the Christian faith and African descendants. Christianity is often classified as the white man's religion. Conventional wisdom assumes tales of Jesus of Nazareth's life, death, and subsequent resurrection traveled from Jerusalem to Rome before ultimately taking root in western Europe. Christianity spread in many directions following Christ's crucifixion in the Middle East, and many of the oldest Christian traditions trace back to Africa.
Unspoken features a well-curated group of historians, religious scholars, and cultural influencers who, in this groundbreaking film, examine the real history of one of the world's most widely practiced religions. Unspoken shows a plethora of information that reveals how Africa accepted Christianity from the beginning and how African Christianity has played an integral part in world history.
In the introduction to the film, Unspoken examines the false historical narrative of Christianity, Africa, and the imposition of white views on the religion. False stories have long permeated through communities worldwide and have exposed generations to constant misinformation over many millennia plus at least 400 years of imposed shame.
Part one voyages back to the pre-Constantine era of the 1st through 4th centuries to meet prominent black figures in the Bible, explore early African practices of Christianity, uncover the relentless persecution endured by Christians of the time, and examine the claims that Christianity is a copy of Kemetic or Egyptian spiritualism. Watch to learn the purpose of the Council of Nicaea, meet the attendants of the Council, and learn of the Emperor's role in the pivotal event.
Witness the golden era of early African Christianity from the 4th to 16th centuries as we chart the emergence of Islam and explore Christianity's enduring prominence in Sub-Saharan Africa. Then investigate the effects of European colonialism and learn about the key influences for Martin Luther and the European Reformation, which was actually born in Africa a hundred years earlier and is now recognized as the Protestant sect of Christianity.
Unspoken looks at European colonists' role in modern Christian faith practices as scholars explain why colonization, often recognized as the origin of Christianity in Africa, is responsible for the mutation of age-old Christian traditions on the African continent. This was done through concepts of white Jesus, Christian clothing, and Christian names, which have no historical foundation.
Part two begins with Christianity and racial oppression, and covers the period between the 16th and 19th centuries, examining Christianity's role in slavery. This is the period when the narrative of African Christianity was most corrupted by what one scholar calls "Protestant supremacy," the precursor to white supremacy. Historians then delve into how slave masters and enslaved people viewed and practiced Christianity differently, uncover what Christianity meant to enslaved people, and answer why slavery appears in the Bible.
Moving into the present day, Unspoken takes a hard look at Christianity in our modern world, post-American slavery. Unspoken documents the beginnings of the black church, the Civil Rights Movement, and black liberation theology, and then investigates the relationship between the black church and the black community.
Featuring intimate conversations with some of the world's foremost Biblical and cultural scholars and influencers, Unspoken clarifies the importance of teaching early African Christianity. The purpose here is to offer assurance for those struggling with Christianity as a white man's religion. Indeed, as the experts interviewed in the film assert, "Christianity has always been a diverse movement," never intended to be centralized in one location. As one of the scholars interviewed for the film says, "You will discover the truth, that this ship has landed many of thousands. Not just white people. Not just black people. But people of every tribe, nation, and tongue. The Gospel is bigger than one ethnic group."