by John Newton
Movies & TV
Evangelical cleric and hymn writer John Newton plays a prominent part in this film about British abolitionist William Wilberforce. The film takes some liberties with historical facts, but it is accurate enough to be educational and well written enough to be entertaining.
In this older documentary, PBS journalist Bill Moyers takes a look at the hymn and its story. The film features testimonials from people whose lives have been touched by the hymn.
Shape note singing and The Sacred Harp are the subjects of this first-rate documentary. The origins of the American art form and its survival within rural communities and among folk-music enthusiasts are explored in this fascinating film.