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'What is family? Does it still matter?'
'Irreplaceable' documentary explores questions during one-night showing May 6

By DWAYNE BUTLER - TimeOut Editor

April 24, 2014

WAUKESHA - Fathom Events, Focus on the Family and Pine Creek Entertainment will present “Irreplaceable” in select U.S. cinemas at 7:30 p.m. May 6.

“Irreplaceable” follows Tim Sisarich, executive director of Focus on the Family New Zealand, as he explores the answers to two critical questions: “What is family?” and “Does family still matter in today’s society?”

The first in a series of documentaries by Focus on the Family, the special one-night showing of “Irreplaceable” will include a panel discussion featuring prominent faith leaders. The discussion, hosted by Focus on the Family President Jim Daly, will include Sisarich, as well as the documentary’s producer Michael Sajbel.

“Irreplaceable” will be presented in more than 700 select movie theaters around the country through Fathom’s exclusive Digital Broadcast Network, including Marcus cinemas in the Town of Brookfield, Menomonee Falls, New Berlin, Oak Creek and Thiensville.

“Every day in the media, the life choices of my neighbors and even in public policy, I seem to be told I’ve got it wrong,” Sisarich said in a Fathom release. “I have to ask the question, ‘Does culture have it right or is there something better?’”

Sisarich examines why all humans have a yearning to be part of a family and looks at the forces that can contribute to the breakdown of a family.

“Irreplaceable” will attempt to answer the central questions by spotlighting cultural, historical and religious experiences from around the globe.

The documentary also features interviews with experts from all walks of life, including professor of law Helen AlvarŽ; National Center for Fathering CEO Carey Casey; radio host Michael Medved; speaker and radio host John Stonestreet; author Eric Metaxas; neuropsychologist Dr. Anne Moir; philosopher Roger Scruton; authors Gabe and Rebekah Lyons; scholar Nancy Pearcey and others.

“‘Irreplaceable’ takes us on an incredible journey of discovery about the meaning of family and how it can impact our world,” said Shelly Maxwell, executive vice president of Fathom Events. “This Focus on the Family event will give audiences the opportunity to reflect on how family has helped shape each of us and our world.”

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