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Hurt Locker Can't Contain the Reality of War
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I am not a movie buff by any standard, but somehow I suspect I am not the only one who was more than a little surprised at the reception of the latest war movie at Sunday's Oscars. ...

The Balancing Act of a Successful Woman
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Hollywood isn't real life, but when real life (mine and the lives of the actors) and Hollywood converge it is great fodder for thinking and conversation. Peter and I can't stop talking about ...

Culture War Cease-Fire
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 9:27am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins There's evidence that popular cinema is taking real life seriously. One day last fall, I w ...

Films to Help Green Your Church
Originally Posted: 04/28/2011 - 9:47am | Type: Magazine Article

Paul Burks Willa Paton-Smith Both churches described in the March 2010 article, How To… ...

Biden vs. Cheney on Afghanistan, the Unpopularity of Lamentation, and Shutter Island
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Joe Biden appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows last week to defend the Obama administration from Dick Cheney's disgraceful attacks, which appear to suggest his earlier bloodlust has not yet be ...

African Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Examining El Salvador's Past and Potential
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Tomorrow, Jamie Moffett, director of <a href="http://www.theordinaryradicals.com/"><em>The Ordinary Radicals</em></a>, will debut the first seven minutes of his documentary &l ...

Post-Apocalyptic Hope
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:41pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Cormac McCarthy’s novels are the Ecclesiastes of postmodern American literature—finely wrought chunks of sparseness in whic ...

America's Rebel Artist
Originally Posted: 04/27/2011 - 3:14pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Was Jack Kerouac a keeper of visions or a self-destructive individualist? In the past half ...

Crazy Heart: One Journey Ends, Another Begins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>We love a redemption story.</p> <p>The profound appeal of rags-to-riches-to-rags-to-riches or the fall-from-grace-followed-by-a-spectacular-comeback is about as ingrained in our American p ...

Avatar and The Blind Side: The Never-ending Messianic Complex Story
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The last two movies that my wife and I had the chance to watch were Avatar and The Blind Side. Not sure how that happened, but both movies had very rich missiological and race themes to them. Or maybe ...

Super Size My Conscience
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 12:46pm | Type: Magazine Article

Jim Wallis Jeannie Choi How Morgan Spurlock changes the way we think. ...

The Trafficker Next Door
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:05pm | Type: Magazine Article

Becky Garrison A conversation with filmmaker Libby Spears. In Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America , ...

On Film: Selective Storytelling
Originally Posted: 04/26/2011 - 12:39pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Another look at Gone with the Wind. Gone with the Wind was released last fall in a detailed ...

Disney's A Christmas Carol: A Missed Opportunity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

Disney's new high-tech, 3-D animated version of Charles Dicken's <em>A Christmas Carol</em>, already a box office smash well before Thanksgiving, is a film that comes with high expectatio ...

Climate Justice Clips: Burning for Change
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:19am | Type: Blog

As we reflect on the current economic crisis and the Copenhagen Climate Summit, I'm reminded of the documentary <a href="http://www.theburningseasonmovie.com"><em>The Burning Season& ...

Dive!: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Dumpster Diving but Were Afraid to Ask
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>A confession: When I first saw publicity for <a href="http://divethefilm.com/">Dive!</a> I forwarded it to my main dumpster diving partner with the subject line: "great.&quo ...

Why Poverty Persists in a World of Wealth
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

The forthcoming documentary <em><a href="http://www.theendofpoverty.com">The End of Poverty?</a></em> opens with the question "Why does poverty persist in a world of grow ...

On Film: Representations of War
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Reexamining violence in entertainment. I expected Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds to b ...

Fat Cats and Failed Systems
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Capitalism: A Love Story examines a "filthy, rotten system." In Capitalism: A ...

Tim Burton and Belief
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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M2EP Filmmaker Challenge Winner Goes to Africa
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<span><span></span></span></p> Editor's Note: In anticipation of The Mobilization to End Poverty, World Vision and Sojourners spo ...

Big Oil, Corporate Greed, and Social Sin
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of work and trendy restaurants, I rarely drive these days. As an urbanite fortunate to live within walking distance of wor ...

Gran Torino Revisited
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I had starting writing this post last night, before receiving <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2009/10/30/why-clint-eastwood-can-be-trusted-with-mandela-and-why-glenn-beck-cant-be-trusted-with-mlk/"& ...

Why Clint Eastwood Can be Trusted with Mandela (and Why Glenn Beck Can't be Trusted with MLK)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>It's that time of year again -- you know, when Clint Eastwood releases a trailer for a movie that looks fascinating and completely different from the last thing he did, and your trio of reactions ...

Video: 'Jesus Camp' Kids Pray for President Obama
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Pastor Tim O'Brien received a lot of flack when his son Levi O'Brien supposedly <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxdt_f0hwUg">prayed "to" a cardboard cut-out ...

Whip It: What a Girl Power Movie Should Be
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>This is what a girl power movie should be. I went to see Whip It because it looked fun and was a totally Austin film (there's something fun about sitting in the Alamo Drafthouse watching a movie ...

Chris Rock's 'Good Hair': A Humorous Deconstruction of Stubborn Beauty Standards
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>One of the big conversations in my household this year has revolved around the question of whether my 9-year-old daughter is ready to get her hair "permed." Some girls at her school have alr ...

War as Seen by Those Trapped Inside It
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not to see too many war-themed flicks in rapid succession. When covering film festivals, I find I have to be careful not ...

David vs. Oil-iath
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, pasty-looking guy makes outrageous statements related to capitalism. I just saw a really good movie in which an overweight, ...

The Coen Brothers Get 'Serious'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recenly, I had a bad day. Epically bad.</p> <p>I ran out of cash.</p> <p>I lost my credit card.</p> <p>I missed my flight.</p> ...

Roman Polanski and the Politics of Remembering
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Roman Polanski's arrest and the attempt to extradite him to the U.S. I'm reluctant to comment regarding film-maker Rom ...

The Yes Men: Corporate Pranksters on a Mission
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Fans of gonzo political activism may remember the Yes Men's infamous stunt in which Andy Bichlbaum posed as a Dow Chemical spokesperson named Jude (patron saint of the impossible) Finisterra (ear ...

How Women of Faith Fought a Dictator with Nonviolence
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

To commemorate the International Day of Peace (September 21st), I had the opportunity to attend a screening of the documentary <em><a href="http://www.praythedevilbacktohell.com">Pray the ...

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: A Visual Feast with a Side of Social Commentary
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>I have to admit, I wasn't expecting much when I first took my seat in the theater to preview Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, a 3-D animated comedy based on the popular <a href="http:// ...

Speaking for the Silenced
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:14am | Type: Magazine Article

Kaitlin Barker The Stoning of Soraya M., written and directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. Mpower Pictures. ON A DUSTY ...

A National Emergency
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:26pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins WE’RE IN A national emergency, and it’s not swine flu. WE’RE IN A national emergency, and it’s ...

New Martyrs in El Salvador
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Jamie Moffett, co-founder of <a href="http://www.thesimpleway.org/">The Simple Way</a> and director of <a href="http://www.theordinaryradicals.com"><em>The Ordinary ...

The Hurt Locker and the Cause of War
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. Let's get one thing straight: I have no idea what war is really like. I've seen 'Saving ...

Family Reunions
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Danny Duncan Collum Two multimedia projects see Africa as the planet's musical heart and soul. IN THE FIL ...

Death of an Activist
Originally Posted: 08/28/2012 - 9:21am | Type: Magazine Article

Becky Garrison Israeli filmmaker Simone Bitton on Rachel Corrie. Rachel Corrie, a 23-year-old American peac ...

Dueling Visions of Human Life
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins THE UNITED STATES as envisaged in cinema is often a fight club, a place where there are three kinds of people—the thieves w ...

Demanding Justice for the People that Harvest our Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://go.sojo.net/campaign/ciw_kroger"></a>Last weekend I watched the documentary Food, Inc. and it left me inspired in a surprising way ...

A Necessary Film for Anyone Who Eats Food
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>"The industry doesn't want you to know the truth about what you are eating, because if you knew you might not want to eat it " - Food, Inc. </p> ...

Race and the 'War on Drugs'
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel Frodge American Violet, directed by Tim Disney. Uncommon Productions. Nine years ago, at the height of ...

Real Life at the Movies
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Now that most filmed records of human life are made by amateurs—the growth of YouTube and other forms of uploading moving i ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:27pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Dom Helder Camara: Essential Writings, by Francis McDonagh; Where Mercy Fails: Darfur's Struggle to Survive, by Chris Her ...

Do a New Thing: 20 Years After Spike Lee's Groundbreaking Film on Race in America
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

An interview with a man and his children in an Internally Displaced Person (refugee) camp quickly devolves into a father desperately trying to sell his smallest child to the cameraman. ...

Sojourners Magazine: We've Got a New Look!
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Sojourners</em> magazine just had its first redesign in my seven years of working here, and all I can say is "wow," because I have a limited graphic-design vocabulary.</p> ...