Rachel Scott, one of the 12 students killed in the Columbine shooting, was a devout Christian whose journals and other writings and drawings were published posthumously as an example of an inspirational story about living in faith.
I’m Not Ashamed is the latest film from Christian films powerhouse PureFlix, and to some extent it serves as an extended infomercial for the nonprofit, but the title indicates the level of paranoia that production company/distributor routinely taps into.
In the film’s larger allegory, Scott (Masey McLain) represents the persecuted Christians who—as in PureFlix’s flagship God’s Not Dead duology—must continuously testify in the face of secular sneering; by logical extension, that would cast Klebold (Cory Chapman) and Harris (David Errigo Jr.) as representatives of what happens when secular humanism replaces God in the classrooms.
At the film’s start, Scott is a lapsed Christian, but after she sneaks out to a party, she’s grounded for the summer, sent to her aunt’s farm in Shreveport, and promptly recommitted to her faith.
Unusually, the film shows a character with secular friends who she gets along with and doesn’t lecture when they’re drinking PBRs (the logos of which have been ineffectually taped over, in a laughable cost-cutting move), and for a while it seems like this might be a relatively innocent-minded project.