Posts Tagged ‘Race Relations’

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 – Gran Torino (2008)



Walt is a retired Korean war veteran and a recent widower. His neighborhood has deteriorated, crime has spread, and Walt is caught in the middle of it, confronted with an Asian gang in the neighborhood. One of teenage boys, seeking initiation in the gang, tries to steel his prized 1972 Gran Torino. Walt thwarts the effort, but eventually comes to help the boy pursue a better path. In this faith review by Jonathan Davis, discussion questions are included, involving themes of forgiveness, reconciliation, race relations, and community.


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gran torino

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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Faith Review – Grace Card

The Grace Card

It is difficult to see God’s grace at work during times of change and turmoil in our personal lives. In this independent film, Grace Card, you will discover how a police office, who is also a struggling pastor, is used by God to bring grace to his discouraged and weary partner. In addition to themes of grace and forgiveness, race relations are also explored. Included in this film review by Donna Fair are several questions for group discussion.


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Grace Card