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The Story of Everything
Originally Posted: 09/13/2011 - 1:02pm | Type: Magazine Article

Richard Vernon The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick. Fox Searchlight Pictures. Terrence Malik's ...

Compassion, Destruction, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a surprising addition to the typical summer blockbuster canon -- for one thing, it manages to entertain and challenge, without resorting to gratuitous violence to ...

Coming Home From Killing
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

The recent British film In Our Name is a returning-soldier drama featuring a married woman, Suzy, who leaves her husband and little girl to fight in Iraq. Th ...

6 Films for a Meaningful Summer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. It's been a fabulous few weeks for movies -- at theaters and at home. There are images in the gre ...

Hidden Battles: A Story of Five Former Soldiers
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Hidden Battles is a 65-minute documentary which follows a female Sandinista rebel, an Israeli officer, a Palestinian freedom fighter, and two American soldiers as they come to terms with their combat ...

Neocolonialism and Cowboys & Aliens
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Americans have a hard time knowing how to respond to the sins of our colonial past. Excep ...

The Harry Potter Prayer
Originally Posted: 09/24/2011 - 4:14pm | Type: Blog

photo © 2007 Laura Askelin | more info (via: Wylio)Though I like a rousing round of ave maria's as much as the next person, the past few centuries of church prayer trends have eschewed Latin in f ...

Harry Potter, the Deathly Hallows, and Mobilizing Kids for Social Justice
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/07/13/harry-potter-the-deathly-hallows-and-mobilizing-kids-for-social-justice/" target="_self"></a>Seeking justice for the oppressed. ...

8 Inspiring Movies About Social Change
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/29/8-inspiring-movies-about-social-change/" target="_self"></a>Ah the joy of watching movies in the summer! Of course, there are a ...

Malick's Metaphysics: Creation, Being, and The Tree of Life
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:29pm | Type: Blog

When evangelical politicians pronounce on topics like the origins of the universe, the results are almost always awful -- embarrassing, infuriating, unwatchable. When evang ...

The Infuriating, Scary, and Ironic Inside Job
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Matt Damon's closing words in the Academy Award winning film, <em><a href="http://www.sonyclassics.com/insidejob/" target="_blank">Inside Job</a>, </em>are as f ...

Black Men and 'Jumping the Broom'
Originally Posted: 10/24/2013 - 10:25am | Type: Blog

<p style="text-align: left;"><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/06/22/black-men-and-jumping-the-broom/"></a>In one of <a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/05/20/bern ...

Ashley Judd: 'My Christian Faith Demands I Work for Social Justice'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

the kingdom of God unless they repent of their practice of sin (Galatians 5:21). Of course, it's not up ...

Fight or Flight
Originally Posted: 07/27/2011 - 6:02am | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Gareth Higgins reviews Batle: Los Angeles, Saving Private Ryan, and Chinatown. Battle: Los An ...

Facebook, Freedom Riders, and Other Lessons in Nonviolent Activism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

By the time Egyptian activists in Tahrir square had ousted Mubarak, I'd read more articles labeling it a "Facebook revolution" than you can wave a shoe at. By the t ...

Jane Eyre, Sucker Punch, and Feminism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Hollywood is generally fairly reluctant to produce films with strong feminist messages. It is far easier to sell women cast as the sexy sidekick or vapid damsel in distress. Holly ...

How To Start a Revolution: A New Film About Gene Sharp
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100318-genesharp.jpg"></a>With all the <a href="http://wagingnonviolence.org/2011/02/gene-sharp-and-the-science-of-people-power/&quo ...

Revisiting Rwanda: Finding the Truth After Genocide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

In the documentary <em><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RJU-zBKe4uI" target="_blank">Earth Made of Glass</a></em>, director Deborah Scranton weaves together t ...

Showcasing Unsung Heroes in the Middle East
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

During my interview in <a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&amp;issue=soj1012&amp;article=reel-struggles-for-justice" target="_blank"><em>Sojou ...

What Would You Do With $1 Trillion?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2011/02/16/what-would-you-do-with-1-trillion/" target="_self"></a>The United States has already spent $3 trillion on the Iraq and <a hr ...

When is Nationalism Healthy?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/1100215-invictus.jpg"></a>I watched the film <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/" target="_blank">Invictu ...

Defending the 'Cult' of Environmentalism
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

Environmentalism is "deadly." It is "one of the greatest deceptions of our day," "striving to put America and the world under its destructive control" and "seducing your chil ...

Different Faiths, Common Humanity
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

interpretations of our scriptures applied (or not) in our 21st century context; and wondering whether we had ... hosted by actress America Ferrera ( Ugly Betty ) on Monday, Dec. 20 and Tuesday, Dec. 21 (check local ...

The 12 Days of (a Grassroots) Christmas
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

and connecting those who are exploring collectively what it means to be the church of the 21st century. ...

Claiming Our Power
Originally Posted: 07/26/2011 - 3:44pm | Type: Magazine Article

Gareth Higgins Gareth Higgins reviews Submarine, Project Nim, and Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives. ...

Harry Potter and Social Justice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

life by virtue of his pursuit of social justice tempered with compassion. Proverbs 21:21 says He ... life by virtue of his pursuit of social justice tempered with compassion. Proverbs 21:21 says He ...

The Social Network, Immigration, and Imago Dei
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:35am | Type: Blog

I haven't had the energy to sit down in a while to blog. Somewhere between the multiple Google calendars and multiple modes of communication life over-shared with me.</p> ...

Budrus: It Takes a Village to Unite A People
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><a href="/sites/default/files/images/101018-budrus.jpg"></a><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=magazine.article&a ...

Climate Refugees: A Cordial Introduction
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

The UN currently has climate refugees at 46 million if you included the recent birth of 21 million ... The UN currently has climate refugees at 46 million if you included the recent birth of 21 million ...

Coal Country: Is it Mine or God's?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>[<strong>Editor's Note</strong>: On 10.10.10, </em><a href="http://www.350.org/" target="_blank"><em>350.org</em></a><em> is c ...

Flipped: A Film Review
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100908-flipped.jpg"></a>A lot of contemporary movies picture American suburban life as banal, hypocritical, and morally bankrupt -- a deceitf ...

Hope for the Holy Land
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100902-hopeforholyland.jpg"></a>Two years ago, as I listened to the escalating rhetoric of hate in the international media, I became haunted ...

Eat, Pray, Love ... Yourself?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p>Eat Pray Love the movie has the makings of a summer hit, with Julia Roberts as its star and Elizabeth Gilbert's bestselling book as its source material.</p> <p>The book was something ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Additional Films
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> Each day this week, we've featured a film featuring different aspects of th ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Dying to Live: A Migrant's Journey
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

Does Awareness Equal Activism?
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/2010/08/11/does-awareness-equal-activism/"></a>On May 2, 1963, African-American kids all over Birmingham, Alabama heard a D.J. from WENN announce, & ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Made in L.A.
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

subcontracted by the clothing line Forever 21. Along the way, these women are empowered as the key stakeholders ... Forever 21 is not the enemy, which begs the question, "Who is?" Certainly it cannot be our ...

Reel Images of Immigration: Farmingville
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p></p> <p> </p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on immigration. Check back each day for a new film review, and visit < ...

REEL Images of Immigration: The Visitor
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/reel-images-of-immigration/"></a></p> <p>[Editor's Note: This week we will have a series of reviews on films with a focus on im ...

Inception: The Art of Paying Attention in Books and Film
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p> I've been reading Paul Harding's debut novel, Tinkers, which was this year's surprise Pulitzer Prize winner. It's a modest tome -- slim of build, light in the hand. ...

The Moral of "Toy Story 3"
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100630-toy-story31.jpg"></a>It's been awhile since Woody, Buzz, Jessie, and the gang have been on the big screen, but they've lost ...

Climate of Change: Global Grassroots Environmental Success Stories
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="/sites/default/files/images/100526-climate-of-change.jpg"></a>In <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003IHSS9W?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20&amp;li ...

The Lazarus Effect: The Miracle of AIDS Treatment in Zambia
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:34am | Type: Blog

<em>When I got a press release announcing that Spike Jonze was the executive producer of </em><a href="http://www.hbo.com/documentaries/the-lazarus-effect/index.html">The Lazarus Ef ...

We are Exiles Who Follow an Alien, Undocumented, Migrant Messiah
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

for they had been such themselves in Egypt. Note they weren't on a 21 year waiting list, either - just ... in Egypt. Note they weren't on a 21 year waiting list, either - just as people today do, they would ... for they had been such themselves in Egypt. Note they weren't on a 21 year waiting list, either - just ...

This Palestinian Life: Stories of Nonviolent Resistance
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 3:40pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.thispalestinianlife.org/Stories.php"></a>Last weekend I was at a family reunion where I had been invited to show <a href="http://www.ryanrodrickbeile ...

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

On March 21, 2010, come to the Riverside Church in New York City to hear what we have to say. If you ...

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 ...

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

<p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/Shadow-Sun-Ryszard-Kapuscinski/dp/0679779078/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&amp;s=books&amp;qid=1266035336&amp;sr=1-1&amp;tag=sojo_blog-20"></a> ...

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 ...