Gareth Higgins is a writer and broadcaster from Belfast, Northern Ireland, who has worked as an academic and activist. He is the author of Cinematic States: America in 50 Movies and How Movies Helped Save My Soul: Finding Spiritual Fingerprints in Culturally Significant Films. He blogs at www.godisnotelsewhere.wordpress.com and co-presents “The Film Talk” podcast with Jett Loe at www.thefilmtalk.com. He is also a Sojourners contributing editor. Originally from Northern Ireland, he lives in Asheville, North Carolina.
Articles By This Author
The Ultimate Threat
Too much is going on, and not all of it is good.
Maria and the Rabbi
Lest we forget, The Sound of Music is a story of hope triumphing almost unimaginable odds.
Trials and Tribulations
The extraordinary film Leviathan takes place in a tiny coastal town on the other side of the world, but it relates to all our dreams and fears.
A Newsfeed of Fear
You wouldn't know it from the headlines, but things are getting better.
Shooting in a Moral Vacuum
If the purpose of art is to help us live better, then to have integrity, storytellers who feature characters who behave badly have a responsibility to illunminate their motivation and context.
Moved, or Moved to Act?
These films create new benchmarks for the mainstream depiction of black history, black struggle, and wider perceptions.
A Year of Great Films
Here's my list of the 10 best films of 2014 (many more are worthy, but 10 are all that will fit).
A Better Kind of Good
A cisgender straight character dressing up has little or nothing to do with the real stories of the "T" in LGBTQ.
A Culture War Misfire
They think that what they're doing is changing the world for the better, but that's doubtful.
The purpose of art is to help us live better.
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