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Listen to it Loud
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

"Listen to it loud!" That was the advice that came with a disc of the new film, <em>I Bring What I Love,</em> about Youssou N'Dour, a Senegalese singer who has worked for social jus ...

To Hell with Human Trafficking. There, I Said It.
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

Is it possible that we as Christians just aren't angry enough about injustices like human trafficking and slavery? Perhaps we've grown too desensitized, domesticated, and docile. ...

Human Freight
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 2:06pm | Type: Magazine Article

Laurel Frodge Sin Nombre, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. Focus Films. Like hearing an unresolved chord, seei ...

New and Noteworthy
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:29pm | Type: Magazine Article

Molly Marsh Money & Faith: The Search for Enough, by Michael Schut; After Gandhi: 100 Years of Nonviolent Resistance, by Anne and Perr ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Eschatology or Bigotry?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

not include the digits "666." Actually, that was the point Actually, that was the point -- ... The number 666 in the Book of The number 666 in the Book of Revelation actually refers to human beings ... of "The Revelation of Jesus Christ" does not state that the number 666 is the number that will ...

Stop Starbucks
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:18am | Type: Blog

When Robert Greenwald, founder and president of <a title="http://bravenewfilms.org/" href="http://bravenewfilms.org/" target="_blank">Brave New Films</a> -- an organi ...

Travels with Bruce Cockburn: Into the Soul of this World of Wonders
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>There's roads and there's roads And they call, can't you hear it? Roads of the earth And roads of the spirit . . .</p> <p>- Bruce Cockburn's "Child of the Wind&quo ...

Made in L.A.: Putting a Human Face on the Immigrant Experience
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that would put a human face on the struggles of immigrant workers in L.A. Seven years ago, I set out to make a little film that wo ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

Video: The Easter Bunny Asks You to Rethink Afghanistan
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Did you have a good Easter weekend? If you were in Washington D.C. for the holiday, you may have noticed a different kind of Easter Bunny hanging around the Gallery Place/Chinatown metro. ...

American Violet: Drug War Injustice Hits the Big Screen
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.americanviolet.com/"><em>American Violet</em></a>, a Hollywood blockbuster that opens in theaters next week, tells the story of Regina Kelly, one of the pe ...

Witchhunt: I Was in Prison and You Visited Me
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

Twenty-seven years ago this month, Brenda and Scott Kniffen, a homemaker and an inventory manager of a diesel shop, were arrested and charged with sexually abusing their two young sons, Brian and B ...

Video: Documentary on the Failed Drug War in Colombia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

In July 2007, Teresa Ortega stood solemnly in a field of wilting corn and pineapple crops in southern Colombia's farm land as tears streamed down her cheeks. In July 2007, Te ...

Poverty is No Accident
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Kaitlin Barker The End of Poverty? written and directed by Philippe Diaz. Cinema Libre Studio. Warning: Don’t ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies. From Joan of Arc to Sir ...

Sin Nombre: Immigrants as Sojourners
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

President Obama recently addressed the crying need for comprehensive immigration reform. He reminded us that we are a nation of immigrants. President Obama recently addressed the ...

Watchmen: A Clone without a Soul
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Imagine a world in which a human being developed godlike powers and put them to military use. War might soon be a thing of the past. Imagine this world also tolerating people who dress up in costume ...

Changing the Channels
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:30pm | Type: Magazine Article

Carl Kozlowski Writing for Hollywood -- with Jesus in mind. Scott Teems was just another aspiring writer strug ...

There's Just Something About Madea
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The first three screenings of Tyler Perry's new film, Madea Goes to Jail, that I tried to go to last week were sold out. When I finally did get a ticket, I had one of the last single seats in the ...

Vote in the M2EP FilmMaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.M2EP&amp;item=M2EP-filmmaker"></a>In preparation for the upcoming <a title="http://www.sojo.net/mobilization" ...

Save Darfur's Women: Rape as a War Crime
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

I recently heard a voice from Darfur. She sat on a stage in front of me, not on the pages of the newspaper, and Darfur's resilient voice said, "The crisis has turned our lives upside down."</ ...

Waltz with Bashir: Drawing a Massacre from Memory
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://waltzwithbashir.com"></a>Each time I write about the Middle East, I feel compelled to repeat three concepts.</p> Each ti ...

The 'War on Drugs' in Tulia, Texas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

On July 23, 1999, undercover narcotics agent Tom Coleman executed one of the <a href="http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2003/09/26/60minutes/main575291.shtml">biggest drug busts in Texas history&l ...

Lord, Save Us From Your Followers: Neo-Apologetics and a Return to Civility
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Audio: Gearing up for the Oscars with Great Films from 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

With the bad economy leaving people without a lot of extra money, many of us have been hunkering down at home with a movie and homemade popcorn. With the bad economy leaving peopl ...

Mother Liberia
Originally Posted: 03/21/2013 - 10:07am | Type: Magazine Article

Kimberly Burge Pray the Devil Back to Hell, by Gini Reticker and Abigail E. Disney. The women of Liberia were ...

Slumdog Millionaire's India: My Sobering Reality
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:17am | Type: Blog

The movie <a href="http://www.foxsearchlight.com/slumdogmillionaire/" target="_blank"><em>Slumdog Millionair</em>e</a> and the Booker Prize-winning novel <em>& ...

The Futility of Violence: Eastwood's Gran Torino
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The other day I heard a 78-year-old man sing, through a cracked voice, one of the most moving and gentle jazz melodies, as the iconic image of a fetishized sports car being driven into the sunset was ...

Slumdog Millionaire: In the Midst of Spiritual Winnowing, Love Wins
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

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Cinema Review 2008: The Top Ten
Originally Posted: 07/15/2011 - 10:01am | Type: Blog

I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, despite the fact that I've written one. I'm always somewhat suspicious of "top 10" lists, desp ...

2008: Cinema in Review
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Looking back on the year's movies, I'm struck by how many of my favorites featured the theme of family and community -- perhaps this reflects only my current personal concerns, or maybe there's ...

Favorite Books and Movies of 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for thought:</p> Here are some books I read this past year that gave me considerable food for though ...

The Myth of Redemptive Violence: The Day the Earth Stood Still
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:52am | Type: Blog

In the spirit of peace on earth and goodwill toward all, I went to see the remake of the 1951 movie <em><a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0043456/">The Day the Earth Stood Still</a& ...

Win a Trip to Africa in the Sojourners and World Vision Filmmaker Challenge
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/filmmaker"></a>Sojourners and World Vision need your help to promote the <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;it ...

Soldiers of Conscience: The War Within Those Trained to Kill
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Life is easier in black and white, when things are clearly right or clearly wrong. We tend not to like the gray very much. It was certainly easier for me to hard-headedly disapprove of all war, includ ...

Fireproof Marriages?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I'd heard the buzz within Christians circles about the "number one inspirational film in America." Everything from "this movie shows what true faith really is" to "this movie wil ...

Why Does God Need a Starship?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

[Editor's Note: In <em>Sojourners</em>' newest issue there's an <a title="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj0811&amp;article=a-hardhe ...

The Other Meltdown
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

The financial crisis is nothing to bat an eyelash at, of course, but as the U.S. The financial crisis is nothing to bat an eyelash at, of course, but as the U.S. is swept up in th ...

Changeling and the Spirituality of Activism
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/blog/godspolitics/uploads/081015-changeling.jpg"></a>Clint Eastwood's latest feature <a href="http://changelingmovie.net/">Chang ...

Bill Maher's Religulous: Polemic Based on Cynical Preconceptions
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. Bill Maher is that rare thing: a media figure unafraid to say what he really thinks. When he ...

A 'Call and Response' to End Modern Slavery
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.callandresponse.com"></a></p> Last week two films were released that present propagandized visions of the Unite ...

The Legacy of Wartime Slurs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 6:51am | Type: Blog

I thought our culture had no more use for wartime curses. Granted, my sophisticated analysis is nothing more than noticing if people are calling <em>me</em> any names, until I realized ...

Lakeview Terrace: Somewhat Thoughtful Thriller
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>The number one film at the U.S. box office this past weekend was Lakeview Terrace, Neil La Bute's somewhat thoughtful thriller in which an LAPD officer harasses his new neighbors; the cop is blac ...

Ordinary Radicals Film Premieres Sept. 4
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:17pm | Type: Blog

On Sept. On Sept. 4, I'm going to Philadelphia to attend the premiere of The Ordinary Radicals , a documentary directed and produced by Jamie Moffett, co-founder of ...

Harrowing Journeys
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Anna Almendrala Film review: Take, directed by Charles Oliver. Imagine facing the man who killed someone you l ...

The Dark Knight: A Tribute to George W. Bush?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>The Dark Knight, unlike many summer blockbusters, is actually an astonishing movie -- a stunning fusion of craft and entertainment, which manages to be both gripping in an edge-of-your seat fashion, a ...

Hancock: Promising Premise, Great Talent, but ...
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:38pm | Type: Blog

<p>(Spoiler warning--some major plot details are revealed in this article. Stop reading now if you want to see the movie without knowing the outcome. However by the time you've read this article you ...

'Milosevic On Trial' (interview by Becky Garrison)
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 1:18pm | Type: Blog

<P>Following is an interview with Michael Christoffersen, director of <I>Milosevic On Trial,</I> a documentary I watched at the <A href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/godspolitics/2008/05 ...

The Storm of Progress
Originally Posted: 02/28/2011 - 7:31pm | Type: Magazine Article

Darren Hughes In early 1940, just months before he would die while fleeing the Gestapo in Spain, the Jew­ish-German literary critic Walter ...