I want to watch this movie

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It’s called Higher Ground. Wikipedia describes it as following:

Pregnant, married, and awkward at eighteen years old, Corinne Briggs grows more and more interested in Jesus, eventually giving herself over to a radical New Testament church. Amidst her community of self-described “Jesus Freaks,” Corinne’s daily life consists of hours of Bible study, alternative family practices and bracing for the oncoming Rapture. It’s only when her marriage begins to unravel that Corinne dares to question the religious dogma she has embraced for her entire adult life.

And now I really want to see it! From the very beginning, it strikes a lot of memories for me.

About Libby Anne

Libby Anne grew up in a large evangelical homeschool family highly involved in the Christian Right. College turned her world upside down, and she is today an atheist, a feminist, and a progressive. She blogs about leaving religion, her experience with the Christian Patriarchy and Quiverfull movements, the detrimental effects of the "purity culture," the contradictions of conservative politics, and the importance of feminism.

  • http://www.sustainablemommy.wordpress.com Naomi

    I've read the book. Parts of it were great, but ultimately I found it disappointingly superficial. The part where she describes her leaving feels detached and doesn't give the reader much insight into the situation or the author. Maybe my expectations were off. I guess I was hoping for analysis, but got a memoir instead.Nevertheless, the movie opens this weekend in our town (at a small, indie theater). A pastor from a nearby mega-church is hosting a Q&A; after the Sunday night screening. I hope to attend–more out of a morbid sense of curiosity than anything else. :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/10374620768794536239 Sheena

    I want to see this too. It looks interesting. Maybe once it's on DVD we can have a movie club :)

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/14097266657351609701 Jerusha

    It's on my list as well. Hoping it will still be at our theater for our date night next week.

  • http://www.sustainablemommy.wordpress.com Naomi

    So I saw this movie tonight. It's pretty good in the way it captures the '70s and '80s eras. However, I would say it is quite kind to fundamentalism. Also the end is a little more ambiguous in the movie than it is in the book. My husband refused to stay for the Q&A; afterward–a smart move. It turned out that virtually everyone present identified as a Christian–I suspect most were from the discussion leader's church. Of course he soundly denounced the extremism in the movie, holding up his own more open-minded Christian faith as "authentic" Christianity. Because I was approaching the event more as an analyst of a cultural artifact than as a participant, I didn't bother asking if people ever become disillusioned with the "authentic" faith he is selling or if he has ever considered that the "Christless Christianity" he sees in the film is the only God some people know. He seemed to be one of those irritating people who is confident that he would never be so "stupid" as to get involved with crazies like that.


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