The deeply felt television film, starring Kimberly Williams, will be released on DVD September 14, 2010. It is based on true events about how the Amish community dealt with the tragedy of the Amish school shootings on October 2, 2006.
Here is a link to my reviews as well as others for this highest rated ever Lifetime movie: Amish Grace
The film is an exercise in forgiveness and reconciliation but is never preachy. Deeply moving but never sentimental.
My only regret is that it was not nominated for an Emmy because it certainly is deserving.
Here are some excerpts from the press release:
“We will not allow hatred into our hearts… it not only goes against God’s will,
it becomes a corrosive force that further compounds the original anguish.” – Amish Elder
THE REMARKABLE TRUE STORY ABOUT
THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS
The Poignant Film Arrives On DVD September 14th
From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Amish Grace arrives on DVD September 14 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Based on a true story and the book Amish Grace: How Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy by Donald B. Kraybill, Steven M. Nolt, and David L. Weaver-Zercher, Amish Grace chronicles the community of Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, forever changed when a gunman senselessly takes the lives of five girls in a schoolhouse shooting before taking his own life in October of 2006. What transpires takes the town by storm, as the media descend on the city and criticize its Amish leaders for their notion of unconditional forgiveness and their outreach of support to the gunman’s widow. Through the eyes of a grieving mother, Ida Graber (Kimberly Williams-Paisley; Father of the Bride films, “According to Jim”), and other devastated families, the film explores the Amish community’s astonishing reaction of compassion to the horrific events that shook their town and tested their faith.
Directed by Gregg Champion (“The Magnificent Seven”), Amish Grace premiered on Lifetime to over four million viewers and also stars Matt Letscher (“Brothers & Sisters”). $26.98