What is a moral person to do in a time of great immorality? That question was central to Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German clergyman of great distinction who actively opposed Hitler and the Nazis at great personal risk. His convictions eventually cost him his life at the hands of the Gestapo.
Bonhoeffer's last years, his participation in the German resistance and his moral struggle are dramatized in Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace. The film won the top honor at the Monte Carlo TV festival in February 2000 and was broadcast in high-definition television (HDTV) on selected PBS stations in June.
More than just a biographical film, Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace sheds light on the little-known efforts of the German resistance. The film, directed by Eric Till and shot in the Czech Republic, Berlin and Canada, brings to a wide audience the heroic rebellion of Bonhoeffer, a highly- regarded Lutheran minister who could have kept his peace and saved his life on several occasions but instead paid the ultimate price for his beliefs.
The film is a testament to a man living out his Christian beliefs and values while caught up in events that defined the 20th Century. "Bonhoeffer" is a positive depiction of a person speaking the Gospel uniquely for today. It provides a role model of a faith-based man driven to difficult ethical decisions.
Bonhoeffer: Agent of Grace is a vital portrait of the man, the teacher, the resistance fighter, the moralist, the prisoner and, eventually, the martyr.