Mothers’ Union, in partnership with Damaris Media has produced 'Victoria & Abdul' - a companion booklet - to coincide with the film’s release this Friday - 15 September 2017.
Directed by Stephen Frears, Victoria & Abdul is a historical drama revealing the extraordinary true story of an unexpected friendship between Queen Victoria in her later years (Academy Award winner Judi Dench) and Abdul Karim (Ali Fazal), a young clerk, who travels from India to participate in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee.
Abdul is surprised to find favour with the Queen herself and as the Queen questions the constrictions of her long-held position, the two forge an unlikely and devoted alliance with a loyalty to one another that her household and inner circle all attempt to destroy. As the friendship deepens, the Queen begins to see a changing world through new eyes and joyfully reclaims her humanity.
The issues addressed within the film of breaking down barriers and welcoming the stranger are reflected on from a biblical perspective in the booklet.
Queen Victoria was Mothers’ Union’s first Royal Patron.
Throughout the movement’s 140 year history, Mothers’ Union has spoken out against injustice and advocated for policy change at all levels. Mothers’ Union believes the themes running through “Victoria & Abdul” are as relevant today as they were then.
The booklet is a fantastic resource, not just for MU members but for churches and the wider community. It highlights the enormous policy and culture changes faced around the world today.
So why not get your Mothers’ Union branch, your home group or just a group of friends from Church together and enjoy a great film with some great conversation.