Nebraska (2013)

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Faith Review–Pride (2007)

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Sunu Gonera’s directing debut gives the audience a 1970’s R & B soundtrack, creative camera work, a rousing story based on real events, and a film which can open discussion between people about stereotypes, the role of the church, justice issues, the human condition, and how pride motivates people to do both destructive and constructive things to change circumstances.

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Faith Review: Facing the Giants (2006)

 

 

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In Facing the Giants, Coach Grant Taylor grapples with a myriad of conflicts: social, personal, professional. Will his faith in God help him overcome his fear of failure? And if he does manage, in faith, to “trust in the Lord with all (his) heart and lean not on (his) own understanding”  (Proverbs 3:5-6), will God really make his path straight? This movie depicts Coach Taylor’s journey as he faces such questions and dilemmas.

 

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Faith Review – The Gatekeepers (2012)

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The Gatekeepers is an acclaimed documentary from Dror Moreh, an Israeli citizen. Moreh interviews six former heads of Sin Bet, the internal security service of the Israeli government. The interviews are presented with extensive footage of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. In this faith review, several questions are provided for group discussion.

 

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Faith Review – 12 Years a Slave (2013)

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Set two decades prior to the beginning of the Civil War, 12 Years a Slave tells the story of a free black man, Solomon Northup, who is captured and sold into slavery. All of the brutality and horror of slavery is depicted in graphic detail, but there is hope for Solomon through the help of Bass, portrayed by Brad Pitt. In this faith review, theological questions are provided for group discussion.

 

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