New and Noteworthy

Spiritual Witnesses
Women Saints: 365 Daily Readings, by Madonna Sophia Compton, with Maria Compton Hernandez and Patricia Campbell, provides reflections on holy women from the Orthodox, Anglican, Protestant, and Catholic traditions. Some of the women are familiar—Sarah and Hagar, Dorothy Day, Harriet Tubman—while others you’ll enjoy learning more about. Each day includes a brief description of the saint’s life, a prayer, and excerpts from scripture. Crossroad

Bush Brouhaha
Barbara Kopple and Cecilia Peck’s Shut Up & Sing tracks the uproar that ensued after Natalie Maines, lead singer of the country music group Dixie Chicks, made an anti-Bush comment during a 2003 concert. Not only did the group’s sales plummet, their CDs were burned and they received death threats. The feature-length documentary combines interviews, concert footage, and tons of great music to pose the question: How free is our free speech? Cabin Creek Films

American Nightmare
Lives for Sale, produced by Maryknoll Productions and Lightfoot Films, documents the horrific, and lucrative, business of human trafficking. Thousands of women and girls cross the U.S.-Mexico border into the United States, or pay coyotes to take them, only to end up as sexual and/or domestic slaves. The hour-long film also highlights churches and programs that are helping some of the 20,000 people trafficked to the U.S. each year. Ideal for church and Bible study groups.

The Strongest Element
For a fresh—and hopeful—look at globalization, human rights, and social justice, check out The Shape of Water. Filmmaker Kum-Kum Bhavnani profiled five visionary women in Senegal, Brazil, India, and Jerusalem who are creating change in their communities and countries. Their work ranges from rainforest preservation and biodiversity projects to resisting female genital mutilation and Israel’s occupation of Palestine. Available on DVD.

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