At nearly 70-years-old, one of country music's legendary ladies has had many, many experiences...
Raised in a one-room cabin with 11 siblings and her parents, Dolly Parton says that her family's faith was one of the main reasons they were so tight-knit and had so much love. Her grandfather was a preacher and she still carries her faith with her every day.
"I ask God every day to lead me, guide me and direct me, to take the wrong people out of my life, put the right people in. As I get older, I’m even stronger in my faith. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this movie, because it goes back to family values and faith, to our depending on each other and on things that are bigger and better than us."
Although she's most notable for her amazing musical talent, acting career, and the theme park emblazoned with her namesake, Parton is an incredible supporter of youth. About 20 years ago, she started Dolly Parton's Imagination Library charity that delivers books to youth around the world for free!
But, there's a large number of youth that are making choices which bother Parton.
In an interview with Parade, Parton expresses how our culture has evolved with technology and those things are distracting youth from important things like love and faith.
"In this day, in this high-tech world, people have so many other things that seem more interesting than God or Christ, like another fantasy from some video game. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to do this movie, Coat of Many Colors, because it goes back to family values and faith, to our depending on each other and on things that are bigger and better than us. I’d give anything if parents could have their children [watch]—not because it’s me, but because this story really shows what life and families used to be like."
She goes on to say that her movie Coat of Many Colors is a movie that she hopes will have families put the technology down, and sit together to watch.
"I hate that kids are not in tune with any kind of spirituality. Kids just say, 'Oh, I don’t believe all that.' It bothers me that my own little nieces and nephews don’t go to church like we used to, or that they don’t really get taught anything. Hopefully, this movie will bring a little bit of that back if families can get the kids off of their cell phones and computers long enough to sit down and watch a movie. Maybe it’ll trigger something. There are so many elements in the Coat of Many Colors that parents will appreciate. It’s a true story. It’s anti-bullying. It’s a beautiful little movie."
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