A Prayer Before Dawn review - 3 years inside one of the most notorious Thai prisons
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Billy’s courage is admirable. His mental and physical strength as well, for many people in his situation would have given in. He did not, and step by step conquered the trust of a well-regarded box trainer, reached the Thai boxing arenas, and fought against the best Thai boxers until he won.It was a tough ride for Billy. Nobody believed in him, nobody could fully understand his language, and nobody wanted him to succeed. Eventually, he managed to get that trainer to believe in his abilities and work with him for the victory in the arena. He made it, but the journey was, again, long, painful, full of setbacks and very, very emotionally and physically draining. Directed by Jean Stéphane Sauvaire, this film is based on the book ‘A Prayer before Dawn: A Nightmare in Thailand’, that tells Billy’s story from his childhood to his release from prison. The real Billy Moore truly provided a great input and guidance throughout the writing and making of the film, creating the authenticity and reality that Sauvaire wanted to convey. The fact that we know beforehand that all of these experiences truly happened makes it much more interesting, inspiring and for sure, even more moving. A Prayer Before Dawn (2018) shows a shocking reality that most people aren’t aware of. It is a hard film to watch. Surely not enjoyable, as most films are. However, once you immerse yourself in the suffering and cruelty of this prison, dive into his life, and put yourself in all of the situations he faced, you will undoubtedly receive an incredibly powerful and important message: that if Billy had the strength to survive and succeed in possibly one of the hardest environments in the world, we all can, in any situation. That is the power of films: a tiny bit of entertainment, a whole lot of new experiences conveyed, and then, which not all are able to achieve, an impactful message. This film succeeded in all these three sections. A Prayer Before Dawn is released on July 20th, distributed by Attitude Film Entertainment.