Oh Say, Can You See…? In the 200 years since Francis Scott Key first wrote those words on the back of a letter they have inspired millions. The hope and joy expressed in the American National Anthem are so moving that more than five million people signed petitions for its official adoption. Yet within those words is an expression of a Christian’s faith and gratitude for deliverance. Told though the words of eyewitnesses and those who knew him best, this hour-long presentation tells the story not only of the song, but of the man and the beliefs that inspired it. Francis Scott Key was a lawyer, a father and a church leader. But he was not a songwriter or a professional poet. Yet, his words captured the sense of hope and optimism that continue to define America.
Proof Through the Night
Dove "Faith-Friendly" - Recommended for ages 12 and over.
Frances Scott Key's single greatest characteristic was optimism. He was a poet, lawyer, husband, father, Christian and leader. He wrote and exchanged letters that were moving, inspiring and honoring to many of his family members and friends, including John Randolph Roanoke and General Robert Ross. Narrated by Cal Hunter, "Proof Through The Night" tells the story of the National Anthem through realistic reenactments and 3-D images of the British invasion and what led up to it. The British army landed in Washington in 1814. Slavery was a common practice during that time. This documentary looks back on the night when Francis Scott Key wrote the lyrics to the Anthem, how the American people received it, and how the music was written. Even after all these years, the song still evokes a sense of hope and optimism that inspires and celebrates the American spirit. Frances Scott Key was 63 when he died of a lung disease. He had a heart of a poet and the essence of a patriot. Apparently, he never received a dime of royalty from his famous song. This video includes extended interviews, dramatic readings, a poem and epilogue as bonus features and receives the Faith Friendly Seal of Approval for 12 and up, due to the war-scene reenactments.
Violence: Graphic war scenes with guns and killing
- Reviewer: Caryn Toering
- Source: Video
- Writer: Jerry Griffith
- Director: Jerry Griffith
- Producer: Bill Curtis
- Review provided courtesy of The Dove Foundation.