This film depicts the life of Nelson Mandela and his work against injustice in South Africa. Mandela’s story and example encourages viewers to think beyond the context of South Africa to consider what it means and involves to work on behalf of oppressed people everywhere.
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Celebrate Black History month with a film festival for the church! This lesson plan offers film suggestions and discussion questions that could be used for a 4-week Wednesday evening series, a weekend retreat, or a Sunday evening series. What might the stories and characters of these films say to us today?
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Here is a trio of lesson plans using short clips from “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs” for middle/high school youth. Lead youth in discussion on topics about service to one’s neighbor, temptation, and self-worth. Lessons include suggested scripture study passages, reflection questions, and closing prayers. The three plans follow the flow of the movie but can also be used individually.
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What’s in a name? Use a clip from the 2005 movie Nanny McPhee to bring attention to the importance of names and how, or if, names describe us. In Isaiah 43:1 we learn that God promises “I have called you by name; you are mine.” Both teenagers and adults will enjoy a discussion about names and identity.
Robert Duvall, who plays homicide detective Tom Spellacy, and Robert Deniro, who plays his younger brother Father Desmond Spellacy, a Catholic priest, try to reconcile despite vast differences in their life experiences. Based on the 1977 novel by John Gregory Dunne who also co-wrote the screenplay, True Confessions is filmed entirely on location in Southern California with the Roman Catholic Church as an ever-present backdrop.
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