Hollywood has once again taken on story-telling within Lancaster’s Amish community. The Lifetime Movie Network has produced the movie “Amish Grace”, which first aired over the Lifetime Network last Sunday evening to over four million viewers.
The film is based on the book, “The Amish Grace: How
Forgiveness Transcended Tragedy,” by Donald Kraybill, Steven Nolt, and David Weaver-Zercher. The book described the details of the Amish school shooting of 10 young Amish girls at the Nickel Mines Amish School in Lancaster County in October 2006. Five girls died in that tragedy.
The Lancaster Amish community was the center of international attention as media from all over the world swarmed to Lancaster County to cover the event and its aftermath. The resulting depiction of Amish grace and forgiveness received worldwide attention and amazement.
According to the Associated Press, the authors did not want movie rights sold for this book out of respect for the Amish community affected by the shooting. However, the book publisher, Jossey-Bass, sold the rights over the authors’ objections. The authors will donate their proceeds to charity.
In the movie, Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim, and Father of the Bride 1 and 2) portrays an Amish mother whose daughter is one of the victims killed in the school tragedy.
The movie is scheduled to air again this Thursday evening, April 1st, at 8:00 pm EDST on the Lifetime Movie network. Or, watch it anytime at www.mylifetime.com/movies-amish-grace. Let us know what you think!