Thursday, January 17, 2008

SuperCandid Podcast #21 - Amazing Grace

We all know how slavery ended in the good ol' US and A. Lots and lots of killing was required to convince people that all men are created equal, and even now we might not be completly over the whole thing.

What about jolly old England? They helped, along with the Spanish, start African Slavery in the Americas, but they ended slavery quite a while before we got around to it. Who was their Abraham Lincoln?

Would you believe, William Wilberforce? Who? You never heard of him either? Well, this is your lucky day sir, because the movie Amazing Grace, directed by British auter Michael Apted(Rome, The World is Not Enough, Up Series, Nell, Gorillas in the Mist, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader[forthcoming]) has a history lesson for you. Starring Ioan Grufford(Fantastic Four, King Arthur, Horatio Hornblower) as Wilberforce, the movie has a fantastic cast of British character actors, including the great Albert Finney as John Newton, the former slave ship capatin who wrote the title poem/song.

How is this a Christian film? Wilberforce's main allies were Christian anti-slavery crusaders, and Wilberforce himself was moved by his own journey of faith to continue the difficult political struggle.

Tune into the SuperCandid Podcast to see what we thought of the film, which was a big hit at the US Box Office and is just recently out on DVD.

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Video I(don) stole the intro music from.

The absurdisty humor of Lasagna Cat

All that remains of the brilliant Garfield minus Garfield.

You can find details on the Expelled ticket stubs for donations program at the official website (thanks to Laelaps for the link)

And, just for completionism, some info on Expelled.

The news story about the public high school that got in trouble for screening Facing the Giants.



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