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The Better Hour: The Legacy of William Wilberforce
The Better Hour The Legacy of William Wilberforce
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Director: Cullen Schippe
Genres: Documentary
UR     2008     1hr 0min

This documentary explores the 20 year effort of William Wilberforce to lead the abolition of the British slave trade, a business that was key to the country's economic strength. The film focuses on how strength of characte...  more »


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Actor: .
Director: Cullen Schippe
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Biography
Studio: Pbs (Direct)
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
DVD Release Date: 03/18/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/2008
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2008
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 2
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English

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A moving and challenging tribute
Carl L. Grant | Concord, CA USA | 12/04/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I think this documentary is much more satisfying than the movie "Amazing Grace", since it presents a much richer and more nuanced perspective on Wilberforce's life and the monumental consequences of his lifelong commitments."
An amazing addition to the work of William Wilberforce
Marco Ciavolino | Forest Hill, MD United States | 02/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Let no man forget the name of William Wilberforce" said Frederick Douglas. Yet that is exactly what has happened. William Wilberforce, a man who, through his extraordinary persistence, clarity of communication, and use of innovative techniques that are still used today, changed the world.

This documentary makes a huge contribution to the modern awareness of William Wilberforce. By bringing together a far-flung and broad range of scholars, from multiple disciplines, we get a clear picture the work done by Wilberforce and his associates. A work that at once astounds (that such atrocities occurred) and stuns (that they are still going on today).

I had the privilege of seeing two preview screenings of this documentary: One with my family, then in a large gathering.

In both cases the documentary elicited vigorous discussion. With my family it gave us an opportunity to discuss the values associated with the efforts and the ongoing struggles today to end human trafficking. In the group setting attendees gathered into small groups after seeing the film and had similar discussions and dialogue. In both cases viewers were motivated to find at least wrong in their community they could help right.

Should you purchase this film? Yes, absolutely, yes. Then show it to as many people as you can. Visit the companion website "The Better Hour Gatherings" website for some suggestions on group activities you can do with this documentary.

Check out the companion book, "CREATING THE BETTER HOUR: Lessons from William Wilberforce," for an extended discussion of Wilberforce's work and its ongoing influence.

Creating the Better Hour: Lessons from William Wilberforce

It is my hope that this film and book "use the examples of Wilberforce and his Clapham Circle to ignite a new generation of social activism!" PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, Jan. 2, 2008

If we can nationally spend more than $54,000,000 in one week watching the 'Best of Both Worlds Concert' we can find a way to change the world.

Good Historical DVD
Roy Benstead | San Diego | 02/18/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am from the city of Hull in England that was represented in Parliament by Wilberforce. This covers his legacy pretty well."