Synopsis: A young slave girl, Anna, is rescued and adopted by Christians in 2nd Century Smyrna and befriended by their aged bishop, Polycarp. As Anna is taught by Polycarp and her new family, she struggles to reconcile her beliefs with those of the Christians. When the Roman proconsul demands that all citizens worship Caesar to show their allegiance to Rome, Polycarp and the Christians must find courage to stand for their faith against the growing threat of persecution. Anna is forced to come to grips with the truth and choose whom she is willing to live-and die-for.
Genre: Drama, History
Director(s): Joe Henline
Production: Henline Productions
  2 wins & 3 nominations.
94 min

No, no!


- Get out!

- Take him!

Don't mark her.

We want a good price

for the girl.


He will give you wisdom.

20 denarii. 20 denarii.

Final bid.

And sold for 20 denarii!

For your consideration,

this beautiful young maiden.

Play along,

or you'll get the whip!

Perfect for a house slave,

or work at the temple.

Who will give me 15?



Her looks are

worth more than 18.


25 for the girl!

25 denarii from the lady.

She's probably not worth it,

but 30!

Do I hear any other bids?

35 denarii!


40 denarii!

You'll not get a

higher bid than that!

Excellent. Final bid and...

I will give you 50 denarii!

Thank you.

Take her then!

My cows are worth

more than she is.


- Your name, sir.

- Polycarp!

Thank you.

Bring out the next girl.

Ah, you must buy.

- You must.

- No, no.

- Oh, yes.

- Pretty, but no.

Melina, my dear.

So, it was enough?

The Lord provided.

Well, I must be about my work.

This is my husband Elias.

So what do they call you, child?

We mean you no harm.

My name is Germanicus.

I can pick a name for you.


Welcome to our home, Anna.

We won't keep you

from your work.

And this...

This will be your room.

- I don't-

- You can take it anytime.


It won't be like last time.

You're not going...


It is by the grace of God

that we are all here tonight.

We are gathered for a

very special occasion.

Anna, welcome to our home.

We would have you share our

work and our provisions,

but not as a slave.

As a member of our family.

Anna, tonight you have received

your freedom from slavery.

Likewise, we have been delivered

from the bondage of sin...

and through the

perfect love of God

have been welcomed

into his family.


Welcome, child.


I, Gaius Asianius Quadratus,

am pleased to offer

the citizens of Smyrna

the opportunity to show

your devotion to Rome

and our Emperor.

I set forth a new

proclamation that all

will be devoted

to our beloved Caesar

by offering incense

and proclaiming

him as your Lord and your God.

May the gods go with you,

and may Caesar be exalted.


Greetings, Maximus.

Your presence has been

missed among our garrison.

Now that is hard to believe.

So now Caesar's a god.

The Proconsul should be

more concerned about

pleasing the people than Rome.

He's only seeking fame and

good fortune for our city.

Hmm... and what if the people

don't comply?

Quadratus has a way of

getting what he desires.

He may find it's more

difficult than he believes.

Be careful, Justin.

Times are changing.

Quadratus will just make

the worship of Ceasar law.

He can't mandate worship.

The priests call it

allegiance to Rome.

We must leave Smyrna.

You think it will come to that?

We can continue our work

better if we are not in prison.

But what of our work here?

We can't just abandon it.

Let us give this matter

some time and prayer.

God will show us what to

do when the time comes.

Well, what have we here?

Nourishment that

God has provided.

Thank you, dear.

Demetrius, time to eat.

Germanicus, back so soon?

I ran the whole way.

There are some things

worth giving your life for,

but you don't have to kill

yourself for a simple message.

For Quadratus,

when you have recovered.

I'll take it right away.

Eat some food before you go.



He'll learn.

Perhaps when he has

attained my years,

he will acquire some of

my sensible pace.

Chores are less burdensome

when done in company.

Greetings, Melina.

Sarah. I have your order ready.

Fresh-picked this morning.

Thank you.

That necklace

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