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Movie Musing: Twice Born / Venuto al mondo (2012, Italy, 127 min)

Poster for Twice Born / Venuto al mondoBridges are multi-edged metaphors. In peace time they symbolize connections; we like to “build bridges” between people, cultures, seemingly disparate or even opposite fragments of the world, to emphasize the common ground. In wartime though it shows that there is no common ground under the bridge. Instead their symbolical meaning gets reversed. What once was a fragile road towards the and each other now becomes the place where nobody is protected. When you are on a bridge there is nowhere to run from a sniper. Nowhere to hide. By committing the brave or foolish act of stepping onto it you expose yourself to possible enemy fire.

Twice Born, with Penélope Cruz, painfully drives the point home, by showing both the way to the famous Mostar bridge, which was a symbol of multicultural understanding to the slaughtering of innocent people on various bridges. The symbolism gets even worse and stronger. As we learn towards the end of the movie the main surviving characters of the war live on an island. No bridges leading there, only ferries. They didn’t want to burn the bridges up behind themselves, but their country did it for them. The only more or less safe refuge they found was strictly off-coast.

Religion, Society, Technology

From now on, in my musings about movies and books I will pay extra attention to religion, technology and society. I believe every piece of artwork has something to say about them. Let me test this theory by pointing a few connections out.

Religion barely plays any role in the movie. At one point we learn about a couple, both of them university professors, where he is Jewish and she is Muslim. This fact is unceremoniously mentioned in passing and the point is to show that for being a loving couple they doesn’t have to be co-religionists. Much later when the bohemian photographer lost his joie de vivre and helps distributing food and supplies to people in a vest that bears a cross on its back, his scared wife compares him to a desperate Jesus figure. Yes, just like Jesus, he abandoned his self-preservation instinct in favor of helping others. For those who love him as a person it was hard to take.

What kind of pictures does the movie paint of human society? It is a war-story with its specific horrible atrocities. Hence it is best summarized by the words of a doctor, who after examining one of the victims in the movie says: “Her… orifices will heal slowly. It will take some time. I am ashamed to belong to the human race. God will not forgive us. Not even the children.” The things humans are capable of are seemingly unimaginable. The trouble is that some humans not just imagined but executed those atrocious crimes.

Everything is technology. The word’s meaning move on a large scale. Let’s narrow it down to man-made objects. For simplicity’s stake–and because that is one of my man interest–let’s further narrow it to computer technology. It only comes up in the very last scene, which is yet again a nice bridge between past and future. It is suggested to the 17 year old innocent boy, who was born twice, that the war should be explained to him by a comedian like Buster Keaton. So, on his way out of the island and the movie he snaps his cell-phone out and starts watching a Keaton film. New technology used by a new generation suggests progress and maybe, just maybe that he will grow up with more connecting bridges than killing fields. Also, him connecting to a classic oldie also gives hope that by studying history he and his generation will not repeat it.

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  • IMDB summary: The fervent affair of the Italian Gemma and the American photographer Diego will be put to the test by the insurmountable problem of infertility, as the couple’s desperate desire to conceive will prompt them to make difficult choices. Now, sixteen years after the 1992 siege of Sarajevo, Gemma–after accepting her old friend Gojko’s invitation–will return to the once war-torn city accompanied by her 16-year-old son, Pietro, only to unearth powerful memories and bottled-up emotions. But, there, decades after her perilous escape, Gemma is also in for a terrible and tragic revelation–one that will uncover the true horrors of war and the full extent of her loss.
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The 113 movies added to JewishFilmFestivals.org in April 2018

In April 2018 I added 113 movies to JewishFilmFestivals.org, see the whole list below and the covers of some of them.

The 113 movies added to JewishFilmFestivals.org in April 2018

 

  1. 116 Cameras
  2. Adieu my Beloved
  3. The Ancestral Sin / Sallah, Po Ze Eretz Yisrael
  4. Another Planet / Another Planet / Planeta Aheret
  5. At eye level / Auf Augenhöhe
  6. Back to Berlin
  7. Back to the Fatherland
  8. Barbra Streisand, Becoming an Icon / Barbra Streisand: Geburt einer Diva 1942-1984
  9. Be/Longing / Amal
  10. Bella! Did Ya Eat?: The Story of Judy Perly and Free Times Cafe
  11. Blazing Saddles
  12. Block 13
  13. The Body Collector / De Zaak Menten
  14. Bride of Finklestein
  15. Budapest Noir
  16. A Call to Remember
  17. Comics: Steve Shuster
  18. Commandments / Kipat Barzel
  19. Compartments
  20. The Cousin
  21. Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels: A Haven in Havana
  22. The Dead Nation
  23. Dieu Merci: The Story of Michele Rodri
  24. Don’t Forget Me
  25. Dreaming of a Jewish Christmas
  26. Driver / Before Memory / Lifney HaZikaron
  27. The Entertainer
  28. Eruv
  29. Five Years After the War / Cinq ans après la guerre
  30. Four by Four / Arba Al Arba
  31. Futures Past
  32. GI Jews: Jewish Americans in World War II
  33. The Good postman / Hyvä postimies
  34. Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405
  35. The Hero / De Held
  36. Holy Air
  37. How to Ride an Elevator on Shabat
  38. I’m from the Jews
  39. If You’re Not in the Obit, Eat Breakfast
  40. The Impure
  41. In Between / Bar Bahar
  42. In Her Footsteps
  43. Indecent
  44. The Invisibles / Die Unsichtbaren
  45. Israel: Stories of Modern Days
  46. An Israeli Love Story / Sipur Ahava Eretz-Israeli
  47. Journey Birds / Ulai Rak Tsiporei Masa Yodot
  48. Kishon His Name Precedes Him / Kishon
  49. Land of Milk and Funny
  50. Large Soldier / Chayal Large
  51. The Last laugh
  52. The Last suit / El último traje
  53. The Last Supper / Das letzte Mahl
  54. Let Me Hear Thy Voice
  55. Libya: The Last Exodus / Libia: l’ultimo esodo
  56. Life is rich
  57. Lon
  58. Longing / Ga’agua
  59. Look About You
  60. The Maestro: In Search of the Last Music
  61. A Memoir of War / La douleur
  62. A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  63. Moe Berg
  64. Mr & Mrs Adelman / Mr & Mme Adelman
  65. Mr. Predictable / Yeled Tov Yerushalyim
  66. The Museum
  67. My Dear Children
  68. My Hero Brother
  69. Nana
  70. The New Black (Shababniks) / Shababnikim
  71. Niggun
  72. No Ordinary Hero: The SuperDeafy Movie
  73. Nothing Happens
  74. One for the Road
  75. One More Experiment
  76. Open Your Eyes
  77. The Oslo Diaries
  78. Outdoors / Bayit Bagalil
  79. People like you
  80. The Promised Band
  81. RBG
  82. Rebel
  83. Reinventing Rosalee
  84. Remember Baghdad
  85. Rising Sons
  86. The Samuel Project
  87. Saving Neta
  88. Saving Nur
  89. Say What!: A Geriatric Proposal
  90. Scaffolding
  91. Seeing Allred
  92. Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Indian Cinema
  93. Shalom Italia
  94. Spiral
  95. Spring Chicken
  96. Standing Up
  97. Starry Sky Above Me, The / Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête
  98. Stitchers: Tapestry of Spirit
  99. The Strangest Stranger
  100. Summer
  101. Sunset
  102. Tevye’s daughters / Myr vashomy domy!
  103. The Third place / El tercer espacio
  104. Tijuana Jews
  105. To Be A Child Again – Israel
  106. Touching the Sky / Ha Tayasot
  107. Tracking Edith / Auf Ediths spuren
  108. Tzeva Adom: The Color Red
  109. Under the Bar
  110. The Wedding Plan / Laavor et hakir
  111. Wendy’s Shabbat / Wendy’s Shabbat
  112. Woman with an Editing Bench
  113. A Woman’s Story

Films viewed in 2017

Poster for 1945 filmIt’s the ninth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2017: 127 movies, see below
  • 2016: 86 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2008: 153 movies

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2017 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2017

  • 40 of them was from 2017, 53 from 2016, and 6 from before 2000
  • 55 from the USA, 15 from France, 11 from UK, 10 from Israel, 9 from Germany and the rest from 13 other countries.

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Films viewed in 2016

Barney's VersionIt’s the eighth time that I share the list of  movies I watched in a  year:

  • 2008: 153 movies
  • 2009: 140 movies
  • 2010: 142 movies
  • 2011: 243 movies
  • 2012: 210 movies
  • 2013: 204 movies
  • 2014: 105 movies
  • And 2016: 86 movies, see below

As you can see I skipped 2015, when I didn’t track at all movies watched.  I may have forgotten to track every watched movie in 2016 as well.

Here are some stats about the films I watched in 2016

  • 17 of them was from 2016, 19 from 2015, and 9 from before 2000
  • 36 from the USA, 10 from France, 9 from Israel,  and the rest from 17 other countries.

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Books added to FilmandReligion.com in May 2016

Cover for Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and TelevisionIn the month of May 2016 I added these 22 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from earlier

  1. The Bible in Motion: A Handbook of the Bible and Its Reception in Film (2016) by Rhonda Burnette-BletschBuy
  2. Coen: Framing Religion in Amoral Order (2016) by Elijah Siegler Buy
  3. Esoteric Hollywood: Sex, Cults and Symbols in Film (2016) by Jay DyerBuy
  4. Faith, Family, Film: A Teacher’s Trek (2016) by Fred EichelmanBuy
  5. Hollywood Holyland: The Filming and Scoring of The Greatest Story Ever Told (1992) by Ken DarbyBuy
  6. I Just Saw Jesus: The JESUS Film – From Vision, to Reality, to the Unimaginable (2016) by Paul Eshleman Buy
  7. Jean-Luc Godard’s Hail Mary: Women and the Sacred in Film (1993) by Maryel Buy
  8. Jero Tapakan: Balinese Healer: An Ethnographic Film Monograph (1996) by Linda Connor, Patsy Asch, Timothy AschBuy
  9. Light Shining in a Dark Place: Discovering Theology through Film (2012) by Jeff SellarsBuy
  10. Love in the Afterlife: Underground Religion at the Movies (2016) by Richard StrinerBuy
  11. Of Elephants and Toothaches: Ethics, Politics, and Religion in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s ‘Decalogue’ (2016) by Eva Badowska, Francesca ParmeggianiBuy
  12. Profane Parables: Film and the American Dream (2016) by Matthew S. RindgeBuy
  13. Redeeming Television: How TV Changes Christians–how Christians Can Change TV (1992) by Quentin J. SchultzeBuy
  14. Religion and Prime Time Television (1997) by Michael SumanBuy
  15. Religion Vs. Television: Competitors in Cultural Context (1996) by Jay NewmanBuy
  16. Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions (1990) by Robert Abelman, Stewart M. HooverBuy
  17. Sacred Space: The Quest for Transcendence in Science Fiction Film and Television (2010) by Douglas E. CowanBuy
  18. The Silents of Jesus in the Cinema (1897-1927) (2016) by David ShepherdBuy
  19. Through a Lens Darkly: Tracing Redemption in Film (2015) by Marjorie Hewitt SuchockiBuy
  20. Watching TV Religiously: Television and Theology in Dialogue (2016) by Kutter Callaway, Dean BataliBuy
  21. The Way: A Cinematic Retreat Guide (2016) by Rose PacatteBuy
  22. Westernized Visual Representation of Jesus and the Construction of Religious Meanings (2015) by Dong Hwan KwonBuy

Articles added to FilmandReligion.com in May 2016

In the month of May 2016 I added this 44 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1990’s

  1. Acts of God: Film, Religion, and FX by Judith Wilt (1997-01)
  2. “Aftertones of Infinity”: Biblical and Darwinian Evocations in Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life and To the Wonder by Gregory Allen Robbins (2016-01)
  3. Agonizing Transitions and Turning Away from God in Two Tunisian Movies by Imen Yacoubi (2016-01)
  4. “As We See, So We Learn”: Doctor Who as Religious Education by Owen D. Edwards (2015-12)
  5. Babette’s Feast: A Religious Film by Wendy M. Wright (1997-10)
  6. The Books of the films: Trends in religious film-analysis by Steve Nolan (1998-03)
  7. Buddha found and lost in the Chinese nation of ‘Diversity in Unity’: Pema Tseden’s films as a Buddhist mode of reflexivity
    by Kwai-Cheung Loa (2016-04)
  8. Contending for Faith: Analyzing The Assault On Faith In The Truman Show And The Ladykillers by Timothy J. Etherington (2004-12)
  9. Different Images of God: Theological-aesthetical Evaluation of Films by Andrey Zvyagintsev and Pavel Lungin by Denys Kondyuk (2016-01)
  10. Doctor Who and the Iconographic Search for an Ecstatic Human Religious Experience by Stacy Embry (2015-12)
  11. Dr. King and the Image of God: A Theology of Voting Rights in Ava DuVernay’s Selma by Marcos Norris (2016-04)
  12. Enlightenments: The Interpretation of Tibetan Buddhism on Screen by Andronika M. Martonova (2016-01)
  13. The Eyes Have it: Film, Editing, and Postmodern Theological Hermeneutics by James M. Hansen (2016-04)
  14. Fetish, Sacrifice and Tragic Freedom in the Dardenne Brothers’ La Promesse by Andrew Small (2016-04)
  15. From Marseille to Mecca: Reconciling the Secular and the Religious in Le grand voyage (The Big Trip) (2004) by Yahya Laayouni (2016-04)
  16. “He who kills the body, kills the soul that inhabits it”: Feminist Filmmaking, Religion, and Spiritual Identification in Vision by Carl Laamanen (2016-04)
  17. Into the Arms of Dr Who: Implicit Religion and a Cowboy’s Redemption by William Keenan (2015-12)
  18. Islam, animation, and money: The reception of Disney’s Aladdin in Southeast Asia. by Timothy R. White, J. Emmett Winn (1999-12)
  19. Jesus in Film: Hollywood Perspectives on the Jewishness of Jesus by Adele Reinhartz (1998-10)
  20. Madness, Otherness and Transformation: Exploring Religion in Nordic Crime Films by Sofia Sjö (2016-01)
  21. Madonnas in Our Midst: Representations of Women Religious in Hollywood Film by MaryAnn Janosik (1997-07)
  22. The Medium and the Spirit: On Teaching Religion and Film by Torey L. Lightcap (1997-03)
  23. The Messianic Figure in Film: Christology Beyond the Biblical Epic by Matthew McEver (1998-10)
  24. MOVIES: Is God Really Dead in Beverly Hills? Religion and the Movies by Stanley Rothman (1996-04)
  25. “Noah’s Beasts Were the Stars”: Arthur Melbourne Cooper’s Noah’s Ark (1909) by David Shepherd (2016-01)
  26. Pasolini on Terra Sancta : Towards a Theology of Film by Noa Steimatsky (1998-04)
  27. Redeemed in Blood: The Sacramental Universe of Martin Scorsese by Richard A. Blake S.J. (1996-01)
  28. Redescribing “Religion and …” Film: Teaching the Insider/Outsider Problem by Russell T. McCutcheon (1998-06)
  29. Rejecting the Ethnic Community in Little Caesar, The Public Enemy, and Scarface by Bryan Mead (2016-04)
  30. Religious conflict, popular culture and the troubled spectators of recent Indian film by Anthony R. Guneratne (1997-04)
  31. Religious Faith and Science in Contact by Bryan P. Stone (1998-10)
  32. The Roles Of Violence in Recent Biblical Cinema: The Passion, Noah, And Exodus: Gods And Kings by Kevin M. McGeough (2016-04)
  33. Screenwriters as Theologians: Doctor Who’s Scope for Theological Exploration
    by Caroline Symcox (2015-12)
  34. Seeing the Light, Hearing the Call: Women Religious as Spectators and Subjects of Popular Nun Films by Maureen A. Sabine (2016-04)
  35. Spirits and Ceremonies: How to Construct Religious Experience in Documentary Film by Jouko Aaltonen (2016-01)
  36. Star Trek and theology by Jolyon Mitchell (1998-05)
  37. Suffering and Soul-Making in Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out by Bertha A. Manninen Ph.D. (2016-04)
  38. Tarkovsky’s Sacrifice: Between Nietzsche and Christ by Frank Bosman (2014-11)
  39. Teaching Religion and Film by Paul V. M. Flesher, Robert Torry (1998-12)
  40. That unbearable recurring apocalytic nightmare : crisis and apocalyptic visions in British film, 1987-1994 by Anthony John Kinik, (1997-10)
  41. The Truth About Inherit the Wind by Carol Iannone (1997-02)
  42. Various Representations of Jews in Turkish Cinema by Melih Çoban (2016-01)
  43. Word and Image: Burgess, Zeffirelli, and Jesus the Man of Nazareth by Graham Holderness (2008-11)
  44. The Word Made Cinematic: The Representation of Jesus in Cinema by Gregory Kahlil Kareem Alleen (2008-06)

Films added to JewisFilmFestivals.org in May 2016

Poster for Night Song / Mobile ÉtoileIn the month of May I added 36 films to JewisFilmFestivals.org. Some of them are old, others are new. There are shorts, feature films, documentaries and TV series among them. In the list below I used the English title for all them, but many of them are from other countries. The only thing common in them is that they were all shown at one more Jewish Film Festival. I hope you will find some interesting one films here:

  1. Abulele (2015, 90 min)
  2. The Accursed (2014, 60 min)
  3. The Art and Life of David Labkovski (2015, 6 min)
  4. A Children’s Song (2015, 27 min)
  5. The Cummington Story (1945, 20 min)
  6. Escape to the Rising Sun / Survivre à Shanghai (1990, 95 min)
  7. Focus (2001, 106 min) Buy
  8. Framed: The Adventures of Zion Man (2016, 10 min)
  9. Guavas (2016, 80 min)
  10. Half the Town / Die Hälfte der Stadt (2015, 88 min)
  11. Hitler’s Jewish Soldiers (2006, 58 min) Buy
  12. Imported (2015, 46 min)
  13. The Last Jews of Baghdad: End of an Exile; Beginning of a Journey (2005, 110 min)
  14. Mama’s Sidewalk Cafe (1957, 30 min)
  15. Martin Buber, Itinerary of a Humanist / Martin Buber, itinéraire d’un humaniste (2015, 52 min)
  16. Night Song / Mobile Étoile (2016, 119 min)
  17. None Shall Escape (1944, 85 min)
  18. Numbers Guy (2014, 33 min)
  19. On a Streetcar (1955, 30 min)
  20. Once Upon a Giant (1988, 77 min)
  21. The Raven – Ze’ev Jabotinsky / Haorev – Ze’ev Jabotinsky (2015, 60 min)
  22. Red Gold (2014, 53 min)
  23. Return to Rivne: A Holocaust Story (2015, 22 min)
  24. Run! (1962, 16 min)
  25. Sabbatical / Shabaton (2015, 9 min)
  26. Sara Stein – Shalom Berlin / Der Tel-Aviv-Krimi (2016, 88 min)
  27. Shtetl in the City: Memories of Toronto’s Jewish Community (2016, 77 min)
  28. Shylock’s Ghost (2015, 70 min)
  29. A Simple Story about Love / Sipur Pashut al Ahava (2014, 5 min)
  30. Thorn / Kotz (2015, 25 min)
  31. Uskut (2014, 4 min)
  32. Wayne and Shuster in Black and White (1996, 30 min)
  33. Wedding In Galilee / Urs al-jalil (1987, 113 min) Buy
  34. Where Do We Go Now? / Et maintenant on va où? (2011, 110 min) Buy
  35. The Writer (2016, 71 min)
  36. The Yatzkans (2014, 75 min)

Films added to JewisFilmFestivals.org in April 2016

Poster for The Tenth Man / El rey del Once / El rey del OnceIn the month of April I added 77 films to this site. Some of them are old, others are new. There are shorts, feature films, documentaries and TV series among them. In the list below I used the English title for all them, but many of them are from other countries. The only thing common in them is that they were all shown at one more Jewish Film Festival. I hope you will find some interesting one films here:

  1. 3 Days and a Child / Shlosha Yamim Veyeled (1967, 90 min)
  2. Aaron’s Magic Village / The Real Shlemiel / Die Schelme von Schelm (1995, 87 min) Buy
  3. Abandoned / Los abandonados (2015, 78 min) Buy
  4. An Affectionate Look At Wayne & Shuster (1965, 27 min) Buy
  5. Arik Brauer – A Youth in Vienna / Arik Brauer – Eine Jugend in Wien (2012, 70 min)
  6. Assi Dayan: Embittered (2013, 8 min)
  7. The Bielski Brothers (1994, 50 min) Buy
  8. Blessed / Mevorehet (2015, 16 min)
  9. Blind Love: A Holocaust Journey Through Poland with Man’s Best Friend (2015, 27 min)
  10. The Boys Of 2nd Street Park (2003, 91 min) Buy
  11. Building History: The Story of Benjamin Brown (2016, 8 min)
  12. Call Me Bullie / Kraa Li Bullie (2015, 61 min)
  13. Carrying the Light (2011, 60 min)
  14. A Demonstration in the White City / Hafgana bair halevana (2015, 50 min)
  15. Dirty Dancing (1987, 100 min) Buy
  16. Discovering Edward G. Robinson (2015, 45 min)
  17. Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana (2016, 85 min)
  18. Eastern Corridor / Vostochny koridor (1966, 100 min)
  19. Engel (2013, 9 min)
  20. False Flag / Kfulim (2014, 40 min)
  21. Fateless / Sorstalanság (2005, 140 min) Buy
  22. The First Sea / Das Erste Meer (2013, 60 min)
  23. Fish Soup (2015, 10 min)
  24. Fred Bondi, Lucky Man / Fred Bondi, L’Homme Chanceux (2014, 89 min)
  25. The Genizah Of Our Dreams / Geniza naših snova (2015, 15 min)
  26. Golan: A Farewell to Mr. Cinema (2015, 74 min)
  27. Grand Illusion / La Grande Illusion (1937, 114 min) Buy
  28. A Green Kippah (2014, 24 min)
  29. Guard Hut / Budke (2012, 17 min)
  30. Hitler’s Reign of Terror (1934, 55 min)
  31. Holot (2015, 7 min)
  32. Home Movie (2013, 18 min)
  33. Honest Ed Mirvish: The World’s Most Unusual Shopkeeper (1998, 54 min)
  34. I, Dalio – or the Rules of the Game (2015, 33 min)
  35. Imagine: Bette Midler: The Divine Miss M (2014, 75 min)
  36. It Happened in Havana: A Yiddish Love Story (2013, 27 min)
  37. Joshua Then And Now (1985, 119 min) Buy
  38. Last Folio / Posledny Portret (2015, 81 min)
  39. Léon Blum, Loathed and Adored / Léon Blum: Hai et adoré (2015, 58 min)
  40. Life According to Agfa (1992, 100 min) Buy
  41. The Life of the Jews of Palestine (1913, 78 min)
  42. The Littlest of Kings (1959, 60 min)
  43. Lost and Not Found (2015, 3 min)
  44. Lost in a Crowd (1957, 60 min)
  45. Louis-Ferdinand Céline / Céline!… deux clowns pour une catastrophe (2016, 90 min)
  46. Love Letters to Cinema / Michtav A’hava Lakolnoa (2014, 50 min)
  47. Mondays With Monty (2014, 7 min)
  48. Mr. Gaga (2015, 100 min)
  49. Nana, George and Me (1998, 48 min)
  50. Nightswimming / S’chiya Leylit (2013, 24 min)
  51. The Paper Bridge (1987, 105 min)
  52. The Photographer in Front of the Camera / Der Fotograf vor der Kamera (2014, 75 min)
  53. Porcelain Unicorn (2010, 3 min)
  54. The Revival of Jewish Poland (2013, 48 min)
  55. Roman Kosher (2014, 49 min)
  56. Schindler’s List (1993, 195 min) Buy
  57. Shalom Sesame: Grover Learns Hebrew (2011, 23 min) Buy
  58. Shalom Sesame: Monster in the Sukkah (2011, 23 min) Buy
  59. Sheldon Leonard’s Wonderful Life (2011, 72 min)
  60. Silver Cutlery / Cubiertos de Plata (2013, 13 min)
  61. Slay me, I tell nothing / Erschlagt mich, ich verrate nichts (2013, 80 min)
  62. Soldier in Art: Arthur Szyk (2014, 10 min)
  63. Spitting Game: The College Hook Up Culture (2009, 82 min)
  64. Strings (2012, 11 min)
  65. Sukkot in Warsaw (2014, 21 min)
  66. The Syndrome (2014, 86 min)
  67. Ten from Your Show of Shows (1973, 92 min) Buy
  68. The Tenth Man / El rey del Once (2016, 82 min)
  69. Tough Guise 2 (2013, 78 min) Buy
  70. The Tree on the Wall / El Árbol de la muralla (2012, 75 min)
  71. Tviggy (1969, 13 min)
  72. The Unvanquished (1945, 90 min)
  73. Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? (2016, 85 min)
  74. The Wordsmith (1979, 72 min)
  75. The X-Files: Kaddish (1997, 70 min) Buy
  76. You Will Find Me Within You / Me Reencontrara’s Dentro De Ti (2013, 16 min)
  77. Zeitgeist (2007, 25 min)

Books added to FilmandReligion.com in April 2016

Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (2008) by Douglas E. CowanIn the month of April 2016 I added this 21 books to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, and the rest is from tearlier

  1. Archetypes in Japanese Film: The Sociopolitical and Religious Significance of the Principal Heroes and Heroines (1989) by Gregory BarrettBuy
  2. Biblical Epics: Sacred Narrative in the Hollywood Cinema (1993) by Bruce Babington, Peter William EvansBuy
  3. Black Magic Woman and Narrative Film: Race, Sex and Afro-Religiosity (2015) by Montré Aza MissouriBuy
  4. Blessed are the Eyes that Catch Divine Whispering …: Silence and Religion in Film (2015) by Freek L. Bakker, Mathilde van Dijk, Leo van der Tuin, Marjeet VerbeekBuy
  5. Cinema of the Occult: New Age, Satanism, Wicca, and Spiritualism in Film (2008) by Carrol Lee FryBuy
  6. Discovering World Religions at 24 Frames Per Second (2008) by Julien R. FieldingBuy
  7. Epic Sound: Music in Postwar Hollywood Biblical Films (2014) by Stephen C. MeyerBuy
  8. Faith and Spirituality in Masters of World Cinema, Volume III (2015) by Kenneth R. Morefield, Nicholas S. OlsonBuy
  9. Hermeneutic Humility and the Political Theology of Cinema: Blind Paul (2016) by Sean DesiletsBuy
  10. Hollywood Biblical Epics: Camp Spectacle and Queer Style from the Silent Era to the Modern Day (2015) by Richard LindsayBuy
  11. Hollywood Under Siege: Martin Scorsese, the Religious Right, and the Culture Wars (2008) by Thomas LindlofBuy
  12. Homiletic: Moves and Structures (1987) by David G. ButtrickBuy
  13. Japanese Mythology in Film: A Semiotic Approach to Reading Japanese Film and Anime (2015) by Yoshiko OkuyamaBuy
  14. Jesus and Brian: Exploring the Historical Jesus and his Times via Monty Python’s Life of Brian (2015) by Joan E. TaylorBuy
  15. Judas Iscariot: Damned or Redeemed: A Critical Examination of the Portrayal of Judas in Jesus Films (1902-2014) (2016) by Carol Anne Hebron Buy
  16. Moralizing Cinema: Film, Catholicism and Power (2015) by Daniel Biltereyst, Daniela Treveri Gennari Buy
  17. Over the Rainbow: The Wizard of Oz as a Secular Myth of America (1991) by Paul NathansonBuy
  18. Preaching to a TV Generation: The Sermon in the Electronic Age (1994) by Michael RognessBuy
  19. The Sacred Foodways of Film: Theological Servings in 11 Food Films (2016) by Antonio D. SisonBuy
  20. Sacred Terror: Religion and Horror on the Silver Screen (2008) by Douglas E. CowanBuy
  21. Sensational Movies: Video, Vision, and Christianity in Ghana (2015) by Birgit MeyerBuy

Articles added to FilmandReligion.com in April 2016

In the month of April 2016 I added this 42 articles to FilmandReligion.com that discusses aspects of film/TV and religion. About half of them are from the last 12 months, but the rest is from the 1980’s

  1. Allegory and Ambiguity in the Films of Majid Majidi: A Theodicy of Meaning by Cyrus Ali Zargar (2016-01)
  2. “Can We Laugh at God?”: Apocalyptic Comedy in Film by Robert Lamm (1991-06)
  3. The Catholic Imagination in Popular Film & Television by Ingrid Shafer (1991-08)
  4. Doctor Who and Immortality: Influence of Christian and Buddhist Ethics by Leena Vuolteenaho (2015-12)
  5. Eros and Contemplation: The Catholic Vision of Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder by Kathleen E. Urda (2016-01)
  6. Examining the Critical Role American Popular Film Continues to Play in Maintaining the Muslim Terrorist Image, Post 9/11 by Rubina Ramji (2016-01)
  7. Film and the Sacred by Joseph Cunneen (1993-04)
  8. Filmed ‘Not During the Sabbath’: The Israeli Haredi Minority through the Camera’s Lens by Yohai Hakak (2016-03)
  9. Films, Values, Absolutes: Why Theological Readings of Films are Morally and Politically Essential by Clive Marsh (2016-01)
  10. God never dies’: Buñuel and Catholicism by Michael Wood (1993-02)
  11. A God Who Plays it by Ear 5 Metaphors for God in Recent Films by Andrew Greeley (1991-08)
  12. God’s Law and the Wide Screen: The Ten Commandments as Cold War “Epic” by Alan Nadel (1993-05)
  13. God’s Middle Children Metaphysical Rebellion in Chuck Palahniuk’s Fight Club by Justin Garrison (2013-08)
  14. Hinduism and Its Others in Bollywood Film of the 2000s by Diana Dimitrova (2016-01)
  15. Historical figures in film: the celluloid Christ by Sarah Noah (1993-05)
  16. Historical Film and Hindu–Muslim Relations in Post-Hindutva India: The Case of Jodhaa Akbar by Raita Merivirta (2016-03)
  17. Hollywood, Main Street, and the Church: Trying to Censor the Movies Before the Production Code by Francis G. Couvares (1992-12)
  18. Impact of Television Advertisement on Consumer. Buying Behavior: The Moderating Role of. Religiosity in the context of Pakistan by Bushra Anjum, Attiya Irum (2015-12)
  19. Jesus and the Movies by John Klukach (1991-02)
  20. Jung and The Godfather movies : analyzing film from an archetypal perspective by Joseph Broda (1994-06)
  21. “The Last Temptation of Christ” et l’« affaire » Scorsese by André Muraire (1992-05)
  22. Mary Magdalene and the Politics of Public Memory: Interrogating The Da Vinci Code by Tammie M. Kennedy (2012-08)
  23. Movie stars and Islamic moralism in Egypt by Lila Abu-Lughod (1995-04)
  24. Nigerian Audiences’ Perception of Pentecostal Churches’ Ownership of Satellite Television Channels by Paul Martin Obayi, Ph.D and Ignatius Obiorah Edogor (2016-03)
  25. Philippine Muslims on Screen: From Villains to Heroes by Vivienne Angeles (2016-01)
  26. The Priests of Cyborg by Peter C. Reynolds (1993-07)
  27. The Qur’anic Epic in Iranian Cinema by Nacim Pak-Shiraz (2016-01)
  28. “Raiders of the Lost Ark”: Totem and Taboo by Andrew Gordon (1991-10)
  29. Religious and National Identity in My Name is Khan by Kathleen M. Erndl (2016-01)
  30. The religious dimension of cinematographical consciousness in postmodern culture by Sylvain De Bleeckere (1994-05)
  31. Rewriting God’s Plot: Ingmar Bergmann and Feminine Narrative by Mark B. Sandberg (1991-11)
  32. The Rise and Fall of American Televangelism by Jeffrey K. Hadden (1993-05)
  33. Sacred Women in Coptic Cinema: Between Faith and Resistance by Lise Paulsen Galal (2009-04)
  34. SDA Youth and the Movies: An Analysis of the Church’s Current Message by Brenda Keller (1993-04)
  35. The Seal of the Confessional: Robert Lepage’s Le Confessionnal in Social and Cultural Context by Adele Reinhartz (2016-01)
  36. The spoken and unspoken nature of child abuse in the miniseries Devil’s Playground: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Catholic Church and television drama in Australia by Terrie Waddell, Timothy W Jones (2016-03)
  37. Star Trek Fandom as a Religious Phenomenon by Michael Jindra (1994-06)
  38. Televising religion: A study of Sathya Sai Baba’s funeral broadcast in Gangtok, India by Manoj Kumar Das (2015-12)
  39. Television and Evangelism: A Cautionary Tale by Angela Tilby (1991-06)
  40. Time the Redeemer: Time as an Object of Cinema in a Post-Metaphysical Age by Greg Watkins (2016-01)
  41. Tracking the Fallen Apple: Ineffability, Religious Tropes, and Existential Despair in Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s Once Upon a Time in Anatolia by Joseph Kickasola (2016-01)
  42. Watching Movies in the Name of the Lord: Thoughts on Analyzing Christian Film Criticism by James Y. Trammell (2012-08)