Have you ever seen a movie so good, so moving, that tears flow freely as the audience rises to its feet to applaud as the closing credits roll? That was often the reaction in theaters when director Michael Apted’s remarkable film, Amazing Grace, appeared in theaters in 2006.
Two of the film’s central characters are William Wilberforce, the Yorkshire Parliamentarian whose campaign to end slavery ranks as one of the greatest humanitarian movements of all time; and Thomas Clarkson, the activist on whom Wilberforce relied for mountains of evidence and encouragement. Between them, over many years, they endured and overcame every obstacle imaginable, including ill health, death threats and defeats almost too numerous to count. But they changed the conscience of a nation and ended a terrible evil. The story brings the best of the human spirit to the fore—integrity, courage, conviction, leadership, optimism and perseverance—in a struggle to rid the world of the worst of human contrivances.
What once seemed an unattainable dream finally became reality in 1807. Abolition of the slave trade won Parliament’s overwhelming approval. Amazing Grace captures that monumental moment brilliantly. In real life, Wilberforce and Clarkson didn’t quit there; they worked for 26 more years until, in 1833, Parliament voted to abolish slavery itself and liberate all those within British jurisdiction who had been enslaved.
Two centuries ago, William Wilberforce and Thomas Clarkson showed us that a small number of dedicated humanitarians can make a world rife with tyranny and corruption a better place. All of us who would like to see it made better again should be thankful for this film. Its message is an inspiration for all time.
Thanks to Walden Media, we are able to offer free copies of this film, along with a brief pamphlet including discussion questions. Our hope is that this film will help promote discussion of the importance of individual character in a free society.
Check it out today, request a copy of Amazing Grace, and stand with us however you can in this exciting new project.
Lawrence W. Reed
*Thank you for your interest with this offer. It has been massively popular and we are in the process of reviewing it to see if we can offer free copies of this film again in the future. Thank you for your patience!
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