Today those looking for worthwhile, uplifting, inspirational films have many options in terms of sources of good entertainment for themselves, their families and friends. Despite the many new sources of streaming video, DVDs are still popular because streaming content comes and goes, DVDs are low in cost, and they can become a part of a dependable library of content.
On September 22, On DVD Releases.com reports that “War Room” is the top-selling DVD in the African-American and drama categories. This is inspiring to see because “War Room” with its dominantly African American cast is about family reconciliation and prayer. This is surprising because “War Room” is still in the theaters and only available at this time as a pre-ordered DVD. This is significant because “War Room” and “Captive” (about the redemption of Ashley Smith and killer Brian Nichols) are both movies that are now top at the box office and are drawing multi-racial audiences by stories of redemption and reconciliation with multi-racial casts.
David Oyelowo (veteran British actor) who has beautifully played Martin Luther King in “Selma,” has also skillfully played Brian Nichols who finds redemption in “Captive.” David has given many wonderful interviews recently. In an interview with Christian Cinema.com, Oyelowo tells how “God’s Grace Can End Injustice & Hate.” He shares how the true story on which the movie is based shows how redemption and reconciliation are possible even with people of different racial backgrounds. David tells how his favorite part of the film is when Brian Nichols (African American) asks Ashley Smith (Caucasian) if “she could forgive him if he was the man who killed her husband.” David says that Ashley “doesn’t know if she could but she thinks that God could.” Oyelowo tells that this moment was Ashley’s own way of breaking into her own salvation.
In the Christian Cinema.com interview, David Oyelowo tells how the “miraculous breaks in, against our expectations…” Oyelowo says, “We really have to question our prejudices. Whether it’s in Selma or in the story of Brian Nichols, we have to treat people differently,” he said. Further, he tells that what changed this situation was when Ashley Smith was willing to read to Nichols, to serve him pancakes, and to treat him like a human being. Oyelowo says, “She defused a human bomb” when she treated him “like he was human.”
In an exclusive interview with Austin Movie Examiner, Karen Abercrombie who plays the lead role of wise Aunt Clara in “War Room,” has said that the issues addressed in “War Room” have no color and are universal to the human race. Exit polls have shown how “War Room” has drawn multi-racial audiences. The Kendrick Brothers, who wrote and produced “War Room,” have said that they deliberately chose a dominantly African-American cast for “War Room” to bring to it a depth of spirit and soul because this movie has an honest, vulnerable, and broad appeal with its focus on the power of prayer.
In an exclusive interview with Austin Movie Examiner, Brian Bird, screenwriter for “Captive,” has said that all of us hunger for redemption and that redemptive movies point to the ultimate and original redemption story, which are critically needed for a time such as this.