The PBS documentary “First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty” premieres this week on KUED Channel 7 and includes some Top of Utah residents in it cast.
The documentary takes a look back at the religious rights America’s Founding Fathers intended through a mix of dramatic re-creations — filmed in Colonial Williamsburg and elsewhere, mostly along the East Coast in historic, colonial settings — and on-camera interviews with contemporary experts such as historians Douglas Brinkley and John Hope Franklin (1915-2009), theologian Forrest Church (1948–2009), writer Jon Meacham and National Public Radio analyst Cokie Roberts.
The 90-minute program begins in 1630 and advances through the years to the signing of the Declaration of Independence and drafting of the Bill of Rights.
Utahns involved in the production include Roy business leader Alan Hall who appears as a judge and Roy native and Weber State University graduate Greg Lewis who portrays a protestant minister. Lewis’ wife Patricia Brimhall Lewis and their son David Lewis are also extras in the production.
“First Freedom: The Fight for Religious Liberty” airs at 7 p.m. Tuesday on KUED Channel 7.