This film by director Ava Duvernay (the first African American woman to receive a Best Director award at Sundance Film Festival and a nomination for a Golden Globe Award) combines the genres of biography, documentary and drama in presenting the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King within the context of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. The film, reviewed here by Dr. Pamela Mitchell-Legg, Professor of Christian Education at Union Presbyterian Seminary, raises questions about how to live the Christian life amid the challenges of particular times and places in our broken world.
This independent film produced by Paulist Pictures depicts the events that took place in the final years of the life of Father Oscar Romero, a Roman Catholic bishop who served in the nation of El Salvador in Central America and who was appointed Archbishop of San Salvador in 1977. The film shows Father Romero’s transformation from quiet conservative to fiery champion of justice.
In this futuristic film written by Will Smith and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, Kitai Raige is fighting the creature Ursa as well as fighting his own doubt, fear, and guilt. His father urges him to “take a knee” in order to focus on the present moment. What does “taking a knee” mean in this context? What does “taking a knee” mean with reference to fear and confidence?
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This film, directed by Stephen Frears, tells the heartbreaking story of a broken system under the direction of Irish Catholic nuns who take care of pregnant, unwed, young women. It is a story that explores issues related to shame, abandonment, repression, anger and ultimately forgiveness. Where is grace given? Where is grace received? Philomena (Judi Dench) and a political journalist (Steve Coogan) go on a quest to find out about Philomena’s son Anthony.
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