Posts Tagged ‘African American’

Faith Review: Selma (2015)


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.


Faith Review – 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 years a slave


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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Faith Review – The Help (2011)



The Help (2011) is a period drama, set in the still segregated society of the South in the 1960’s. The viewer will follow the story of two distinct classes of women — the privileged white ladies in control of domestic affairs and the black maids who work for them. In this faith review, a number of discussion questions are included to facilitate discussion around moral and theological themes.


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The Help review

Clips and Lessons – Bearing One Another’s Burdens and Coach Carter

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What does it mean to  “bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ”?    How and in what ways shall we do it?  What does it look like, sound like, feel like, taste like, and smell like to bear one another’ burdens right now?  Kim Lee advances this lesson using clips from the movie Coach Carter.  Click on the QRcode or scan it to open this lesson.


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Madea’s Family Reunion (2006)

Union Presbyterian Seminary alumna Kelly Hames suggests that this movie “could be used to illustrate and explore the idea of selfdignity
and how that could impact not just individual self-esteem but
a culture or community as well.”

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