Documentary About the Church and Slavery Gets Nomination Nod

After The Flood, the documentary which explores the role the Church of England played in upholding slavery and which provides actions people can take to redress those wrongs, has been shortlisted in the Sandford St Martin Awards.

The documentary, the brainchild of Dr Robert Beckford who also serves as narrator, was commissioned by UK charity, Movement for Justice and Reconciliation. The launch was held in 2022 at Bloomsbury Baptist Church in central London – the church where civil rights activist, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, gave a speech when he visited the UK capital in 1961.

Since the launch 30 screenings have taken place in churches and at Christian events in Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol, Canterbury, at the Church of England Synod and the Lambeth Conference. It has also been screened at a number of charities, including Christian Aid as well as the I Will Tell International Film Festival.

Rev Alton Bell, Chair of MJR, told Keep The Faith: “MJR is super excited. All the trustees of the charity and producers of the film are thrilled to be nominated for this award.”

He continued: “After The Flood has really served to raise awareness of the CoE’s extensive involvement in the Transatlantic Slave Trade and has given all who have seen it the tools to start the process of reconciliation.”

Award winners will be announced in May 2023.


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