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A short documentary film about 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri, sowing the seeds for one of today's largest bodies of LutheranismFrom the untold history of America’s largest early immigrations, this half-hour documentary tells the story of 19th-century Saxons who settled in rural Missouri. Unprepared for the harsh conditions of America in 1838, and dismayed by the scandal of their leader Martin Stephan, they persevered to sow the seeds for one of the world’s largest bodies of Lutheranism today. From interviews with historians and curators, to archival pictures and centennial re-enactments, this documentary blends historical storytelling with the music of J.S. Bach, in a tribute to the living descendants of this epic migration.
The Saxon New World was an Official Selection in the 2013 Speechless Film Festival, 2013 Bakersfield Film Festival, 2015 Grace Film Festival and 2015 Great Lakes Christian Film Festival. It won the 2013 Award of Commendation from Concordia Historical Institute. It premiered at the original settlement site featured in the film on October 27, 2012, and screened later that week on Reformation Day, October 31, 2012 at Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, the place where the documentary's story ends.
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