From racist to peacemaker: Film ‘Final Solution’ at Sundial next month

ST. PETERSBURG — First United Methodist, 212 Third St. N, invites the public for a free viewing of the film “Final Solution,” the true story of a white supremacist’s radical transformation from racist to peacemaker in apartheid South Africa.

The story centers on Gerrit Wolfaardt, whose family traditions, history and culture taught him that black South Africans were a cancer in the land. Under the eye of prominent members of the government and military, he developed a diabolical plan to rid South Africa of its “black danger.”

Before Wolfaardt’s plans could be carried out, he met two people who would put him on a collision course with his future. His “final solution” meets its greatest obstacle when he realizes he is wrong. The persecutor becomes the peacemaker and begins to seek reconciliation between whites and blacks.

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The event will take place Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. at the Sundial Theater, 151 Second Ave. N, St. Pete. Admission is free, but you must email info@messengerfilms.com to reserve your seat.

After the viewing, everyone is invited to pray along with other churches at the Lincoln Cemetery (a forgotten black cemetery established 1926) to commemorate the 25th anniversary of apartheid’s end.

The day will finish with a reception in First United Methodist’s Fellowship Hall, discussing the film with director Cristóbal Krusen.

Email kerryhbrown@gmail.com for more information.

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