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Actor and producer Kirk Cameron is collaborating with Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., on a film project that is said to answer life's toughest questions about human suffering.
Cameron told The Christian Post in a statement on Wednesday that the film, set to be released this fall, "tackles the faith wrecking question that has turned Christians into atheists: 'Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?'"
In the film, which is based on a true story, Cameron said he takes the audience "on a journey to view a child's funeral from the perspective of Heaven's balcony, gaining a 100,000-foot view of the world."
"This film answers a universal question that must be answered by every thoughtful person – both religious and secular," Cameron explained. "Young and old wrestle with suffering and death, and all are in need of hope, faith and love. So I'm making this movie for adults and teenagers, old and young. I want both my grandparents to be inspired and my children to be captivated by this exciting new film."
He describes the film as "beginning in the garden of Eden, where we witness the creation of Adam, the creation of Eve, and [later] Cain murdering Abel, Noah's flood, the birth of Israel, and Jesus' life, death, resurrection, and the destruction of the Jewish temple in A.D. 70."
Cameron says the project is the most personal film he's ever worked on.
"This film will be beautifully shot, scored, and edited to create a very unique and personal approach to this difficult topic. My desire is to bring hope, inspiration, and life to the faith of people everywhere," he commented.
Cameron, who first visited Liberty University as a convocation speaker in 2012 and returned to the university last month to meet with film school students, told CP that he and the Liberty staff might have the opportunity to work on future projects together.
"Liberty University and I are beginning a powerful partnership for the Kingdom that I hope will continue long into the future. I'm excited on a personal level to have a friendship with Chancellor Falwell and to be working with Liberty University's state-of-the-art production and post-production equipment and groundbreaking film school."
"With so much in common," he added, "I think Liberty University and I could have a very fruitful future together, bringing Kingdom impact to our nation's culture."
Jerry Falwell Jr., president and chancellor of the university, told CP, "Liberty University's mission has always been to train champions for Christ to go out and impact the world in every walk of life."
"When Kirk Cameron spoke at Liberty earlier this year, I saw a man who was using his talents and his platform as a successful actor to positively impact the culture. That is precisely the type of graduate that Liberty is striving to produce in every profession. Kirk is quickly becoming a role model for students in our new cinematic arts program and Liberty looks forward to a long and fruitful relationship with Kirk Cameron."
Cameron has previously ventured into the realm of producing through his recent documentary "Monumental," which was released in March 2012 and sought to retrace the path of America's forefathers to connect America's roots with its current success.