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  • 'Canaan Land" is a love story between a charismatic con man preacher, Brother Billy Gantry, who falls in love with Sister Sara Sunday, a sincere Christian. She seeks to redeem Brother Billy, who manipulates the flock with fake miracles, including a stunt with gold dust and feathers he claims are from angels. The film is an unapologetic look at modern religion and televangelism based on the director's personal experiences as a former faith healing evangelist.


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  • "Canaan Land" is a love story between Brother Billy Gantry, a charismatic con man, phone psychic, and preacher, who falls for Sister Sara Sunday, a sincere Christian. Gantry is booted from the Beverly Hills mansion of Connie, a woman he lives with as a kept man. She catches him cheating on her, and bedding his psychic clients. Homeless and adrift, Billy discovers Internet preacher Sister Sara, a beautiful evangelist who is a mix of sensual and spiritual energy. He talks his way into Sara's ministry and they become romantic partners. She seeks to redeem "Brother Billy," who manipulates the flock with fake miracles, including a stunt with gold glitter and feathers he claims are from angels. He turns her small online ministry of YouTube sermons into a growing Tinseltown racket involving celebrity converts and sermons at the Hollywood Bowl. A group of women Billy conned in the past unite in MeToo fashion to expose him. Their evidence against Billy leads to Sister Sara breaking up with him and expelling him from her church. Billy admits he doesn't really believe because he was raped by a traveling evangelist as a child. A surprise visit from Billy's past urges him to ask for real faith again. Can Billy quit the religious show and false faith to find true faith and redemption? Billy asks God for a Christmas miracle to get his faith back again. A series of authentic events occur that contrast the bad faith of Billy's past. "Canaan Land" is an unapologetic look at modern religion and televangelism based on the director's personal experiences as a former faith healing evangelist.

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