Thanks for Return of the Daughters

Here are one couple’s thoughts on our documentary. Camelia, from Romania, has the unique perspective of having been raised in a communist country, and has an interesting insight into how American culture has confused the concepts of liberty and oppression.

We received our copy of “The Return of the Daughters” this week and took the first opportunity to watch the film as a family! How encouraging and provoking! I highly recommend this documentary not just to young ladies who desire to understand what God requires of them, but to families as well, who struggle with developing a Christ centered vision for their daughters presently and in the future. The content is true to the Scripture and demonstrates the blessings that come from a biblical model of womanhood and from fathers who love their daughters too much to allow them to drink the stagnant waters of egalitarianism.

For the first 10 years of my life I was raised in a communist country by parents who had been born and lived all of their lives under communism. “College and career” was one of my first goals in life because I remember thinking about a career from a very early age. I did not grow up thinking I would marry, raise godly children and be a keeper at home. Under communism women were forced into egalitarianism to be instruments of the “Mother State for the common good”. I knew I had two options: study very hard to have a good career or end up working in one of the factories. There was never an alternative presented to me. Socialist governments want women in the work force as much as men and the family is a tool of production. Fathers do not provide vision for their children, but rather leave it up to the State. I am often times shocked to see that what was seen as oppression in the Socialist Republic of Romania is called liberty here in America (even among Christians). What really hit home was a comment made by Voddie Baucham. He said, “I don’t know why we allow ourselves to be poured into the world’s mold that somehow says to go out and pour your life into a stranger in order to build the ministry or the business of a stranger, equals freedom, equals liberty, equals fulfillment; but to do so with the man whom God has entrusted you as your father is a waste.” As stated in the documentary we do live in times of transition and God has been faithful bringing me through that transition. At 19, while in college, God sent a wonderful man to me from the other side of the world. We were married when I was 20. I left college, in pursuit of my husband and have never felt that I somehow missed something or settled for less. Looking back I am thankful that God has given me a purpose so much greater than the vanity of that first pursuit. Now, with three girls and one baby boy in the way I am so thankful that, by God’s grace, our family will be the transition point to many generations to come. -Camelia

“The Return of the Daughters” provides such a timely message to a culture that has made it popular to force our daughters into an ungodly egalitarianism, thereby robbing so many of their God given liberty and purpose in our homes. This film is salt and light to an unlit Christian culture that has lost its savor. The Botkin family has done a wonderful job of bringing families together to provide a rich and powerful testament of Biblical womanhood in the Christian home! May God give an increase beyond measure. It will be a family favorite for generations to come. –Elijah


Our Sisters in India

Here is a letter we just received from a pastor in India. This hurting nation should be in our prayers, not only because of the oppressive spiritual darkness there, but because it is emerging to possibly become the world’s cultural leader before the end of the century, replacing China as the strongest economy, and influencing all English-speaking nations with a barrage of new media.

Pastor E.S. has asked us to pray for him. In many parts of India Christians are martyred regularly, and women are terribly oppressed. Pastor E.S. has seen more horrific widespread abuse and devaluation of women than most Americans will ever see, either in their own country or through the politically-correct filters of American media.

Pastor E.S. contacted us out of the blue because he sees the importance of teaching fathers to value their daughters and invest highly in their extensive education and training for their important role in society.

Dear Sister Elizabeth and Anna

I am greatly blessed by your encouragement word.

As Servant of God I am very much interested to raise the Indian Women to come forward and serve Him. So many Churches have restricted women in a low estate so therefore they have no freedom of Grace. I have seen in India many pastors do not educate theirs daughters… Many Indian parents when they came know that baby is female they do abortion in City and in rural village they just kill the baby or they throw into the River.

Lord has given me the burden to stand a Candle in the darkness of all evils my primary burden is to save the female babies and women’s from family torture and worse.

Please send your DVD to me I will broadcast it in Television in India.

As women of God see how you can help our Indian women to become the Disciple of Christ.

Thanking you

Your brother in Christ

Pastor ES


Return of the Daughters: Final Update

Return of the Daughters

Our documentary, “The Return of the Daughters,” has been completed. We thank the Lord for His strength and grace, and we thank you all for your prayers.

It is now available for sale here:

“The Return of the Daughters” will be having its World Family Premiere at the San Antonio Independent Christian Film Festival on Friday, October 26, 2007.


Return of the Daughters: Update #7

Feedback on the upcoming “Return of the Daughters” documentary runs the gamut from the good, the bad and the ugly, to the astonishingly candid. Though most of the comments have been overwhelmingly positive, we occasionally encounter frank assessments of our beliefs like the one below:

How weird. …talk about not having a life. These poor girls do not know what’s really out there for them. If you want to settle down after marrige-that’s fine but for a girl to waste the best years of her life waiting for prince charming to come rescue her from a cinderella life in the home-you will miss so much!! Dating, College, partying…the list goes on and on. … I can only feel sorry for these brain washed young women who are prisoners in their own homes!

Our trailer and updates have piqued people’s interest and sparked some interesting public debate. Are our featured girls leading boring lives? Are they spending their single years sitting around “waiting for Prince Charming”? Are they missing out on anything worth having? Are they prisoners in their own homes? Have they been brainwashed, or do they think and speak for themselves? Was this lifestyle forced on them, or did they choose it?

Why is this way of life so exciting, adventurous, and rewarding for such intelligent and ambitious young women?

You’ll just have to wait until the film comes out to find out.


Return of the Daughters: Update #5

Every member of our family has different areas of interest, skill and gifting. But these widely diverse individual abilities are united under one mission, one vision, and a common love of disciplemaking. Working together as a family, our variety of gifts synthesize and harmonize. Where would we be without our brother Benjamin? At age 18, he is an acclaimed and experienced composer, currently working on the orchestral score for “The Return of the Daughters.”

Ben Botkin

In the past two years, Ben has been been involved in writing the music for many projects, including “The League of Grateful Sons,” “Men O’ War” (you can hear just the music here), and “Jamestown: Ancient Landmark, Modern Battleground.”

Ben Botkin

Ben uses a joystick to control the expression of various instruments.

Music Workstation

The workstation of a great (21st century) composer. Someday he’ll have a real orchestra.


The library of a great composer.

To listen to some sneak preview clips from the “Return of the Daughters” soundtrack, click below.


Return of the Daughters: Update #3

Production continues on “The Return of the Daughters.” Last Saturday we did our big video shoot for the narrator stand-ups. The location was a beautiful Texas ranch-house.

Four Botkins

Noah, Anna Sofia, Isaac and Elizabeth blocking out a sequence for narration. Here Isaac gives Anna Sofia direction.

Framing a shot

Isaac has just released his first book on filmmaking, titled Outside Hollywood. He also has a very popular blog for independent filmmakers, Here he is trying to frame the perfect shot.


F 2.2 at 1/60 is just about right.

A young Grip

Our youngest brother, Noah, was the grip. In this shot he is pulling the camera dolly to create a smooth dolly shot. One of the things we enjoy most is working with our brothers on family projects like this one.

Preparing for the next shot

Preparing for the next shot.

Executive Producer

Our father, Geoffrey Botkin, is a veteran filmmaker who has produced or executive-produced more than one-hundred documentary films, television productions, and other media projects, including some of the most controversial and widely watched public affairs films of the last twenty years. It’s been a wonderful learning experience — not to mention a great privilege — to have his timely advice on “The Return of the Daughters.”



Return of the Daughters: Update #2

While on the subject of the training of young women, here is another controversial video clip, delivered this time by our dear friend Jennie Chancey.


Return of the Daughters: Update #1

The release date for our upcoming documentary, “Return of the Daughters,” is rapidly approaching. We’ve completed the script and preliminary edit, which was a wrenching as well as exhilarating process. With less than an hour of screen time to work with, and about 14 hours of explosive interviews, much of our favorite material has been left on the cutting room floor.

Here is clip that didn’t fit in the film, but simply couldn’t go to waste. We offer, for your enjoyment, “Cooking Sacred Cows with Dr. Voddie Baucham.”