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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Swords into plowshares

A Force More Powerful is a 1999 feature-length documentary film and a 2000 PBS series that describes six successful 20th century nonviolent movements, including Mohandas Gandhi’s leadership of the Indian Independence movement, the American civil rights movement, the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, the Danish resistance to Nazi Occupation, the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland, and the Chilean democracy movement to remove military dictator Augusto Pinochet. Written and directed by Steve York […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Others I have known

At least half a dozen excellent films have chronicled various aspects of the world’s current refugee crisis–from mainstream releases like The Good Lie, to the independent documentaries reviewed here. All are recommended. The Crossing is a first-hand account of the perilous journey made by a group of Syrian refugees who traverse one sea, two continents, and five countries in search of a home far from the war and persecution of their own country. […]

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The White issue | Movies You Might’ve Missed

So many movies, so little time! The following are “must-see” movies on the subject of race in America. 13th is a searing 2016 documentary that explores the history of black exploitation and servitude from the 13th Amendment, which ended slavery (except as “punishment for crime”) through the subsequent Jim Crow era of segregation, the “War on Drugs,” which was predominantly a war on people of color, to the current “prison-industrial […]

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Movies You Might’ve Missed | Indigenous wisdom

Embrace of the Serpent is an emotionally and visually stunning 2015 film by Ciro Guerra, shot primarily in black and white in the Amazon rainforest of Columbia. It traces the parallels stories of two scientists, one in 1909 and another in 1940, who each seek out an indigenous shaman, Karamakate, in hopes that he will lead them to a medicinal, psychotropic plant. The film explores themes of colonial exploitation of […]

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