FVJN Film Club

FVJN now offers a new documentary film and discussion group and we’d love to have your vote on films you’d like to see. Films will be viewed every other month on Sunday afternoons at FVJN.

Please check/select the 5 films that most interest you.  If you would like additional information on these films, visit:  http://www.religionandprofessions.org/other-resources/films/free-film-library/.  If you are interested in a good website for other great social action films, check out www.ironweedfilms.com.  We also have access to some of these films, so if there are other films you would like the Film Club to consider, please send a note to nancyc@fvjn.org.

Defamation –  A provocative look at “What is anti-Semitism today?”  Does it remain a dangerous and immediate threat or is it scare tactic used by right-wing Zionists to discredit their critics?

Flight from Death:  The Quest for Immortality –   A look at humankind’s relationship with death.  The film uncovers death anxiety as a possible root cause of many of our psychological, cultural and spiritual behaviors

God in Government – This film explores the complex relationship between religion and politics in the contemporary world.  It asks what are the consequences when they mix and what is the appropriate relationship between “church” and “state” in a modern society.

Hiding and Seeking – This film tells the dramatic and emotional story of a Jewish father who journeys with his two ultra-Orthodox sons back to Poland to try to find the Christian farmers who hid their family from the Nazis.  He hopes that if he can find examples of decency among the Poles, his sons will recognize the potential for goodness in all people.

Jesus Camp – The film follows 3 children to a camp in North Dakota where they are taught to become dedicated Christian soldiers in “God’s army” and are schooled in how to “take back America for Christ.”

A Life Apart – In New York City, the Hasidim are a common sight, but their way of life remains a mystery to those outside their community. We are taken into the depths of the Hasidim’s joyous, sometimes harsh, and often beautiful world.

Out of Faith – This film follows three generations of a family being torn apart by conflicts over interfaith marriage.  The grandparents, who survived three years in Auschwitz, feel in their minds, their grandchildren marrying non-Jews represents a posthumous victory for Hitler.

Sister Rose’s Passion – An unlikely activist and powerhouse who made the battle against anti-Semitism her life’s work.  A chronicle of Sister Rose Thering’s life who had courage, toughness and passion to resist the status quo and push for what she believed was right.

The Fire of Yoga:  A Documentary Film –  Spotlights the stories of three everyday people using yoga to help inner-city teens change their lives, another uses yoga to help while battling cancer and a third is an 81 year old yoga instructor and former alcoholic and absentee father.  The film is an inspiring testament to yoga’s transformative, regenerative and transfiguring power.

Budrus  – A documentary film about a Palestinian community organizer who unites local Fatah and Hamas members along with Israeli supporters in an unarmed movement to save his village of Budrus from destruction by Israel’s Separation Barrier. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter jumps into the fray.