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HALLMARK FOR OCTOBER (article first published : 2004-10-9)

Visit the Hallmark channel on DStv for some quality family movies.

Kidnapped: The Elizabeth Smart Story focuses on an event when 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was kidnapped from her bedroom in her Salt Lake City suburban home, it created an almost unprecedented media frenzy. From its shocking, high-profile beginning to its unexpected closure, Elizabeth’s kidnapping touched a nerve nationwide.

Defending Our Kids: When Denver wife and mother Julie Posey aborts a meeting between her teenage daughter and an Internet sexual predator, she's determined to take action. With the help of local authorities, she poses as a disaffected teen in search of love online. This is the remarkable true story of a mother who turned her pioneering undercover fight against cybercrime into a personal and successful crusade.

Silent Predators: A species of deadly and aggressive rattlesnakes terrorize the residents of a new housing project. Max Farrington, the developer, fears that the bad publicity will hurt his business but he has to deal with the town's fire chief who wants to protect the people. Max decides to take matters into his own hands but the only way to stop the venomous creatures is to find and destroy their nest, a nearly impossible task.

Out of Ashes: The shocking, true-life story of Dr Gisella Perl, one of Eastern Europe's first female gynecologists who, during the Nazi occupation, was imprisoned at Auschwitz. When the Nazis decided to use her skills as a physician, she was forced to become an assistant to notorious war criminal Dr Josef Mengele and witness his experiments. But in an amazing demonstration of defiance, humanity and strength, she managed to offer hope to thousands.

She's Too Young: Middle-class class parents Trish and Bill Vogel are stunned to learn that their responsible and intelligent 14-year-old daughter Hannah has been sexually active with an older male student. When an STD spreads throughout the school, Trish's attempts to enlighten her community cause her to be ostracized.

Redeemer : When author Paul Freeman takes a job teaching creative writing to prisoners, he meets a remarkable student, Charles, who has spent the past 24 years in prison, serving a life sentence for murder. Convinced that Charles can be reintroduced to society, Paul must then convince the sister of the man who was murdered - she attends Charles's parole hearing every year to make sure he stays behind bars.




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