In the fall of 1979, one of history’s most ingenious and courageous flights to freedom took place when two families fled from Communist East Germany to the West in their own handcrafted hot air balloon. Walt Disney Pictures brings to the screen this remarkable true story of the Strelzyk and Wetzel families and their daring, death-defying escape. (Summary by Amazon)
The inspirational portrayal of Mother Teresa, a simple nun who became one of the most significant personalities of the 20th Century. Armed with a faith that could move mountains, Mother Teresa followed her calling to help the poor, the lepers, the dying and the abandoned children in the slums of Calcutta, challenging many authorities – including the church – along the way.
Inspiring true story follows the epic life of Father Damien (Wenham), a legendary Belgian priest who dedicated his life (quite literally) to the care and spiritual guidance of a doomed Hawaiian leper colony during the late 1800s. Faced with appallingly daunting conditions–symptoms ignored, food stolen from the sick, the weak forced into slavery, diseased girls forced into prostitution–the priest supported himself through his sense of justice and his unwavering faith. A counterpart of other beneficent luminaries such as Mother Theresa and Gandhi, Damien`s story speaks of the triumph of the human and the indomitable force of one man`s will to do what is morally and spiritually right in a beautiful, alien world. Spectacular scenery and panoramic Hawaiian vistas add a particularly aesthetic pleasure to the story. (Description by Movie Roulette)
The dramatic black and white classic film of Martin Luther’s life made in the 1950’s. This film was originally released in theaters worldwide and nominated for an Academy Award. A magnificent depiction of Luther and the forces at work in the surrounding society that resulted in his historic reforming efforts. This film traces Martin Luther’s life from a guilt-burdened monk to his eventual break with the Roman Church. This film, in spite of its age, continues to be a popular resource to introduce Martin Luther’s life.
Here is an important chapter in the steps leading up to the Reformation. The history books make little mention of this Bohemian priest and scholar who lived 100 years before Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Yet, John Hus was convinced and taught openly that the Bible should be presented in the language of the people, that salvation comes by faith in Jesus Christ, and the Word of God is the final authority. He taught in the University of Prague and as a pastor, challenged the abuses of medieval Christendom.
The rise of legendary war hero Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.
George Washington Carver was born a slave, by the end of his life, presidents and corporate titans valued his friendship. Millions of Americans have benefitted from his innovations. His genius is legendary, but less known is his remarkable path to greatness, defined by a life-long passion for serving others.
The film is narrated by Voddie Baucham Jr. and includes the perspectives of noted historians. This cinematic film features footage from Carver’s boyhood home in Missouri, Tuskegee Institute in Alabama, as well as other historical locales.
This acclaimed biographical drama presents major events in the life of Mohandas Gandhi (Ben Kingsley), the beloved Indian leader who stood against British rule over his country. Dedicated to the concept of nonviolent resistance, Gandhi is initially dismissed by English officials, including the influential Lord Irwin (John Gielgud), but eventually he and his cause become internationally renowned, and his gatherings of passive protest move India towards independence.
Listen to a clip of this historic speech by Doug Phillips, constitutional attorney and the president of Vision Forum Ministries. On April 15, 2009, he issued a pointed charge to thousands gathered in front of the Alamo: Honor God and the sacrifice of our patriot fathers, and to return to Christ. His remarks were given at the close of the San Antonio Tea Party, a non-partisan grassroots rally that also featured Fox News Commentator Glenn Beck, who hosted his daily television show in view of the Alamo’s famous chapel. If you would like to listen or watch the entire speech, click here. Summary by BlueBehemoth.
Always looking for a fight involving freedom, Davy goes to Texas to help Jim Bowie (Kenneth Tobey) hold off General Santa Anna. With him he brings idealistic cardsharp Thimblerig (Hans Conreid) and confused Indian Busted Luck (Nick Cravat). George Russel comes along too but is upset when it appears Davy has gone along with Bowie’s deception about expected aid. Yet when the chips are down, Russel sneaks out with a message and then sneaks back in, to fight to the end with his old pal. Summary by DVD Talk
Working their way back upriver with the now-friendly Mike Fink, Davy and George take on a band of thieves who jump keelboats while disguised as Indians. (Description by DVD Talk)
After sticking up for Indian rights and pacifying West Tennessee, Crockett serves a stint in Congress, again championing Indian rights. Ex-officer Norton is now a political wag who tries to get Davy out of town so a bad bill can be passed, but Russel brings Davy back to argue on the floor of the House, and good triumphs. (Description by DVD Talk)
Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell fight in the Creek Indian War. Then Crockett is elected to Congress and brings his rough-hewn ways to the House of Representatives. Finally, Crockett and Russell journey to Texas and partake in the last stand at the Alamo. (Description by Jim Beaver on IMDB)
Davy (Fess Parker) and his pal George Russel (Buddy Ebsen) go to West Tennessee to help Andrew Jackson defeat murderous indians. After showing up the foolishness of the Army as represented by Major Tobias Norton (William Bakewell), Davy goes mano a mano with war chief Red Stick (Pat Hogan) and secures peace. (Description by DVD Talk)
Davy and George get snared into a race of dueling dirty tricks with Mike Fink (Jeff York) and his crew of swarthy river rats. (Summary by DVD Talk)
Cradle of Genius, is based on “Talks with Great Composers”, by Arthur Abell. The film explores divine inspiration’s role in the lives and career of three extraordinary composers, Puccini, Strauss, and Brahms. Cradle is set in 1955, Hastings on Hudson, NY, where Arthur Abell resided when he published the book. He is counseling his niece, Katey, who has decided to forego college for a bohemian lifestyle in California. Abell explains, through flashbacks, the trials and tribulations that the great composers went through in order to achieve excellence and how each of them incorporated hard work with divine inspiration in developing their genius. Underlying the story is Abell’s decision not to publish his book, “Talks with Great Composers.” Summary by The Newington Cropsey Foundation