Christmas in Canaan is a Hallmark Channel movie, starring Billy Ray Cyrus, Jaishon Fisher and Zak Ludwig, and based on the book of the same name by Kenny Rogers and Donald Davenport, the latter of whom also wrote the teleplay, that was originally premiered on December 12, 2009, as part of the channel's first annual Countdown to Christmas event.
DJ and Rodney don't like each other from the start. Rodney thinks DJ is an ignorant white farm boy, and DJ thinks Rodney acts too smart for his own good. After a school bus scuffle between the two, DJ's father and Rodney's grandmother come up with a clever solution that brings the boys closer than either of them would like. Living in Canaan, Texas in the 1960s does not make it easy for a black boy and a white boy to forge a friendship. It is only amid the magic of an unforgettable Christmas that DJ and Rodney discover a land of milk and honey where hope and love make all the difference.
The movie was released on DVD on October 5, 2010.
|Billy Ray Cyrus||Daniel Burton|
|Jaishon Fisher||Rodney (young)|
|Zak Ludwig||DJ (young)|
|Jessica Mcleod||Sarah (young)|
|Darien Provost||Bobby (young)|
|Matt Ward||Rodney (older)|
|Jacob Blair||DJ (older)|
|Emily Tennant||Sarah (older)|
|Brendan Meyer*||Bobby (older)|
|Julian D. Christopher||Shoup|
|Nico Mceown||Jimmy Ray|
|Arien Boey||Bobby (age 4)|
|John John||Bandit (younger)|
* - Nominated for the 2010 Young Artist Award for Best Actor in a TV Movie
- Christmas Comes Home to Canaan - 2011 sequel