Posts Categorized: New Films

In New Films From Israel and Sri Lanka, Faith Struggles in the Shadows

Two films in particular from the International Competition, “Dark in the White Light” (Vimukthi Jayasundra) and “Tikkun” (Avishai Sivan) deal with the most pressing question for the faithful: life after death. The most profound rite of passage, death, is treated differently by different religions (Buddhism and Judaism), yet similarly in relation to God: the believer… Read more »

Chaplains: New documentary on chaplains to air on PBS

Hospitals, prisons, battlegrounds — these are the dramatic life-or-death settings where you would expect to find chaplains guiding the wayward and administering last rites. But director Martin Doblmeier’s new documentary, “Chaplains,” shows that chaplains from various faith traditions also offer pastoral care in little-known locations: Tyson Foods processing plants, NASCAR race tracks, the U.S. Congress… Read more »

Working Together: Arabs who love Israel?

This film producer wants the world to hear their stories Issues pertaining to the Arab-Israeli conflict make headlines around the world on an almost daily basis, but American film producer Max Federman feels that there is a sore lack of positive stories about Israeli society in the media. He set about to change this, with… Read more »

Brave Spaces: Perspectives on Faith and LGBT Justice

HRC’s new documentary details how religious spaces can be come more LGBT-friendly Our recent article on the firing of LGBT staff at Catholic schools was just the latest reminder that many faith communities and institutions are still reluctant to truly open their doors to all—that being in direct conflict with their core values and teachings…. Read more »

Iran premieres big-budget epic film ‘Muhammad’ By Ali Noorani

Iran’s most expensive movie, “Muhammad“, which chronicles the childhood of the Muslim prophet, opened nationwide winning praise from early audiences. Directed by Majid Majidi, the 171-minute, visually stunning film cost around $40 million (S$57million), partly funded by the state, and took more than seven years to complete. Majidi says the aim of his work, the… Read more »

Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Spacey et al a mixed blessing for Shaun Monson in Unity

For Shaun Monson, celebrity is a curse and a crutch. Not his own celebrity, but the 100 famous faces who narrate his documentary Unity. The personal, new-agey exploration of existence has a red carpet full of stars reading Monson’s script about love, peace and understanding, including Jennifer Aniston, Susan Sarandon, Kevin Spacey, Jeff Goldblum, Helen… Read more »

DOCUTAH screens ‘Prophet’s Prey’; film chronicles Warren Jeffs’ FLDS abuse of power

Dixie State University and the DOCUTAH International Documentary Film Festival will screen Prophet’s Prey at the O.C. Tanner Amphitheater in Springdale, Utah, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. The film, based on the New York Times best seller of the same name by private investigator Sam Brower, chronicles his 10-year investigation into the Fundamentalist Church of… Read more »