Films That Explored Religious Abuses Won Big at the Academy Awards

Tonight’s winners at the 88th annual Academy Awards included a couple of films that exposed the worst practices within certain religious communities.

Spotlight, the film about Boston Globe reporters who uncovered the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal, took home awards for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay:

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The film is remarkable, not just for its realistic look at a newsroom, but for taking the subject matter so seriously. You can’t watch that movie without feeling anger and shock at just how widespread the Catholic cover-up was.

But perhaps the most understated win came in the category of Best Documentary Short. It went to Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy for her film A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness — a movie about faith-based honor killings.

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Heaven? Hell? Nothing? She Prefers to “Let the Mystery Be”

I’d never heard this song by singer Iris Dement before, but Lauren Hoffman‘s cover of “Let The Mystery Be” is wonderful:

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Turner Classic Movies Will Air a Series of Films Condemned by the Catholic Church

I usually don’t think much of theme weeks on cable channels. Shark Week does nothing for me. But I may have to tune in to Turner Classic Movies (TCM) next month.

They’re going to air movies condemned by the Catholic Church:

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God of the Gaps: The Music Video

Baba Brinkman, the brilliant songwriter who released The Rap Guide to Religion last year, just released the video for his song “God of the Gaps.”

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An Acoustic Version of Shelley Segal’s “Saved”

Well, this is a nice way to begin the week.

It’s Shelley Segal singing an acoustic version of her song “Saved”:

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