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Church to host screening of Martin Luther film

Padraic Delany stars as reformer Martin Luther in "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World."
Padraic Delany stars as reformer Martin Luther in "Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World."

DeKALB – This year, the Lutheran church marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. To learn more about the man who brought about this great reform, Immanuel Lutheran Church and Student Center will host a showing of the film, “Martin Luther: The Idea that Changed the World,” at AMC Market Square 10, 2160 Sycamore Road.

The screening will take place from 6:30 to 8:23 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13.

Tickets cost $12 and presale is required. To reserve tickets, visit the Tugg event page at www.tugg.com/events/martin. Unlike a traditional movie showing, the Tugg screening requires that 100 tickets be reserved by a specific date in order for the screening to occur.

The two-hour film brings to life Luther's 16th century quest to reform the church – a journey that would profoundly reshape western civilization.

Historians rank Luther among the two or three most influential people of the past millennium. As an outcast who stood up to the world's dominant superpower, Luther's battle of ideas sparked reform of the church, the rise of individualism, a boon in universal education and improved opportunities for women.

Starring Padraic Delaney in the title role, the film follows Luther through the emotional highs and lows that marked his eventful life. Along the way, scholars offer commentary to give context to the story. Hugh Bonneville narrates.

In a quest for authenticity, every word of Luther's dialogue in the film was taken verbatim from his actual writings and speeches. Similarly, all filming was done in the castles, monasteries, and ancient churches of eastern Europe – chosen for their undisturbed 16th century heritage.

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