Valley of Ditches

Synopsis: A young woman bound in the front seat of a parked car watches helplessly as her captor methodically digs a grave in the desert ground. The bloody lifeless body of her boyfriend lies framed in the rear-view mirror, a fate she will fight at all costs to avoid for herself. But this is only the beginning of a brutal struggle where survival could be worse than death.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror
77 min

Are you afraid of dying?

- What?

- Do you wonder what happens?

- Not really.

That's a long ways from now.

What would I be afraid of?

- And?

- And what?

- What do you

think happens?

- I don't know.

Something better than this.

- An afterlife.

- Yeah.


- I've never

been to church.

- Well what do you

think happens?

- What if nothing else happens?

What if it all just goes away?

Every touch.

Every kiss.

Every argument and apology.

What if none of it

exists when...

When there's nobody left

to remember it?

- Nobody knows.

It's something

much bigger than us.

- Okay.


- And your path became clear.

I just wish you could understand

what I'm trying to do for you.

- I'm sorry.

I'm sorry.

Sorry, I'm sorry.



- You will.

You will.

But your obedience

is not optional.

Thine is the kingdom.

And the power

and glory of yours.

Now and forever.

Fear not,

that which can harm the body

but cannot kill the soul.

Rather fear that which

is able to kill

both the body and soul,

in hell.

- Why?

Why are you doing this?

- I had a brother.

Guess I wasn't particularly

fond of him.

One day we were hiking in

the bluffs above the ocean,

and at the highest point

he paused to look out.

No one was there to see it.

To see me,

shove him over the edge.

You know what that felt like?


I killed my brother,

and it felt so,


And that terrified me.

I needed to know why god

would make something like that

feel so natural.

- I don't understand.

- In the old testament,

there's a general by

the name of jehoram.

He set out with an army

to completely exterminate

the moab people,

living in the desert.

In his haste he didn't

bring enough water

so jehoram, hellbent on

the mass murder of his enemies,

turns to the lord,

who surprisingly responds.

He tells him

and his army to dig.

Fill the valley with holes

and ditches.

Offer a sacrifice and god

will fill these ditches

with what they needed.

Because the truth was,

god has a need for them.

- You told him you'd let me go.

- I told him you would be saved!

Just as he was saved.

Just as god saves.

He gave you his gifts

for a reason,

and that reason was not sin.

- We didn't do anything--

- I killed my brother.

It was sin, I accept that.

I used god's gifts

for selfish reasons.

And now, I teach the lessons

that most men,

they don't have the stomach for.

You can't change who you are.

You can only change

what you do with it.

It's time for your confession.

- No!



I'll confess.

I'll do anything,

just tell me what it is.

- It's simple.

You tell me your sins.

How you abused the gifts

he gave you,

and then you pay your penance.

- Please.

Don't hurt me.


I'll do anything for you.

For god.



- Thank you.

For showing me what

a whore you've become.

- What do you want

from me!


I'm sorry.

I'm so sorry.

So sorry.

- After all he did

just to give you

a few more minutes of life.

He understood his faults.

He felt remorse,

for the twisted life

that he was leading.


it was you.

Feeding him the apple.

You were the temptation

all along.

Fill this valley with ditches,

and so his tired and

thirsty men began to dig,

and toiled and struggled,

until they could do no more.

They had done their part.

The next morning they

offered a living sacrifice.

- Help me.

- And there was no rain

or clouds or thunder,

but the lord filled

those ditches

with the water that they needed,

and that same day they

purged the moab people

in a violent sea of blood,

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