On January 24, The Pakistan Observer reports that “…around 40 million hits of YouTube were registered by Pakistan’s Internet users in the first week since unblocking of the popular video sharing site.” Millions around the world today are able to view free classic redemptive content on YouTube, including full-length movies.
Many of the best, classic redemptive movies of all time are on YouTube. For example, “Amazing Grace” can be seen on YouTube. The acting in this film is outstanding by some of the best British film actors. Albert Finney’s portrayal of John Newton is riveting. The story of William Wilberforce’s perseverance and self-sacrifice to end the British slave trade is powerfully inspirational.
“Chronicles of Narnia” movies can also be found on YouTube, C. S. Lewis’ literary masterworks are stunning in story, structure, and style. They are masterpieces of adventure, characters, and redemption. C. S. Lewis, who was in the same writing circle as J. R. Tolkien, has used the fantasy genre, like Tolkien, skillfully and powerfully for all ages. His characters are multi-faceted and develop through time. The films are powerful and redemptive depictions of the epic, spiritual struggle of good and evil.
“The Hiding Place” is also on YouTube. It is one of the best in redemptive movies. Among its respected actors are Julie Harris and Jeannette Clift George, as the ten Boom sisters. This powerful film depicts the true story of the ten Boom Family who responded to the Holocaust with Christian love, courage, and forgiveness. It is suspenseful. The main character, Corrie ten Boom, is multi-faceted, vulnerable, and honest. She develops throughout the story in unpredictable, captivating ways. Words and lessons of faith are authentic, believable, and deeply moving in the context of real events from the period of the Holocaust.
“A Man for All Seasons” is also on YouTube. In this autobiographical, historic story Sir Thomas More believes that it is of no value to gain the world and lose one’s soul. Consequently, he stands up to Henry VIII. Among the array of great talent in this film is Paul Scofield as More and Orson Wells as Cardinal Woolsey. This film has won six Oscars and many other awards.
Further, there are many outstanding, redemptive, educational documentaries on YouTube. For example, Dr. Francis Schaeffer’s video series on YouTube, “How Shall We Then Live?” about the rise and decline of Western thought is excellent. With its historical overview of the development and interrelationships of philosophy, science, and religion, it enables viewers to see the whole flow of history and to understand specific events or developments within the context of the historic whole. Dr. Schaeffer makes extensive references to art and architecture reflections of the changing patterns of throughout history. This is one of the most brilliant, insightful, knowledgeable presentations of Western history, thought, and culture. These videos are especially significant for our time. Other timely and insightful videos include those on the complex and multi-layered history of Jerusalem and the Holy land, such as “7 Days in the Holy land, with Franklin Graham,” “From Christ to Constantine,” and more.
Furthermore, there are wonderful videos on YouTube. An outstanding example of an exquisite video on YouTube that is in the process of development as a feature movie is “The Butterfly Circus.” This short film is about a circus troupe traveling through the devastated United States during the Great Depression. The troupe includes performers that others have discounted but who have become beautiful people and performers in the troupe. During the troupe’s travels they come upon a man without limbs in a sideshow. However, with the troupe he rises to inspiring heights that few ever thought possible.
Individuals, parents, and educators can find wonderful classic, redemptive, educational videos and movies on YouTube that are both entertaining and edifying.