“A Whisper to a Roar” tells of democracy’s heroes

A Whisper To A Roar

Dragons come in many forms.And so do heroes.This feature-length documentary from filmmaker Ben Moses chronicles the stories of key activists - and their close supporters - working for freedom and democracy in five countries: Robert Patino of Venezuela, Esraa Ahmed Fattah and Ahmed Maher of Egypt, Anwar Ibrahim of Malaysia, Morgan Tsvangerai of Zimbabwe, and Viktor Yushchecko of Ukraine.Their stories are marked by incredible courage and sacrifice.Mr. Moses took his inspiration for … [Read more...]

“Weaving Life” “Where Do We Go Now?” and a “Girl with a Book” Images of peacemaking in the Middle East

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In the last month or so, a narrative film, a documentary and a poster on Facebook came across my desk. The films were sent for review, but the Facebook poster (or image) arrived in my newsfeed this morning, unbidden, a "share" from my youngest sister."Weaving Life" a documentary on The Life and Death of Peacemaker Dan Terry - is a film from MennoMedia that will air on participating ABC stations beginning Oct. 21 (check local listings). It is the story of Dan Terry, one of 10 humanitarian w … [Read more...]

Media’s part in the culture of guns

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"Fourth of July parade, 2011, Independence, Calif.," by photographer Craig Semetko,                                                                          from his project "America -- E Pluribus Unum" (©Craig Semetko, 2012) I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the way images, entertainment, the news and language are socializing us into accepting a perpetual state of violence, with the mass shooting at the premiere of “The Dark Knight Rises” in the Aurora, Colo., theater on July 20 in mind. … [Read more...]

Dexter, theology, the Bible and Christ-like non-violence

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I wondered on Facebook about Dexter's theology in last night's episode (season premiere) as well as all last year - which I missed (by choice). But for some unexamined reason I am drawn to Dexters murderous psychopathology. Given that I recently took a vow of non-violence I am thinking in expanded ways about what I watch. One of my nieces responded to my query about Dexter's theology with a link to this excellent article "Dexter's Theology: Shedding Blood in God's Name". The author, Christian … [Read more...]


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