By Kenneth R. Morefield
The 2015 Arts & Faith Ecumenical Jury Film Awards had a decidedly international flavor. Six of ten films recognized by the Image-sponsored discussion forum were foreign-language films, including the top three entrants.
Perhaps because of that international flavor, this year’s list of films specifically recommended for Christian audiences looked beyond representations of Christianity and included an Israeli film about a Jewish divorce trial, an historical drama set in seventh-century China, and three films set in contemporary states ruled by Islam.
Two films looked back on American history, showing the positive impact of the Roman Catholic Church on one community and the devastatingly painful impact some of its adherents and administrators had on another.
This marked the second year that an animated film received recognition, with Pixar’s Inside Out receiving a spot on the jury’s short list. [Read more...]