in case you haven't heard, the other journal is putting on the third annual showing of their film, faith, and justice (FFJ) festival. i haven't been yet, but it seems like a great event--award winning documentaries from the human rights watch traveling film festival, crazy cool speakers from around the nation, discussion panels that include local community leaders, nonprofit volunteer opportunities--wow.
generally speaking, when i watch films like hotel rwanda or the devil came on horseback, i'm paralyzed by a stark understanding of my own monetary, time, knowledge, and geographical limitations; i'm caught by that ugly question, what now? however, with FFJ, i'm hopeful that the illuminating lectures, discussions, and nonprofit booths will help provide some context, thought, and directive for how i am to respond to these kinds of films.
you can check out FFJ on facebook or the FFJ site (buy tickets here).
you can see some of the movie previews here:
- up the yangtze: this one seems like a must-see.
- a promise to the dead: the exile journey of ariel dorfman: the story in this film seems interesting, but the music at the end of the trailer really catches my attention--it seems so eerie, beautiful, and disquieting.
- the greatest silence: rape in the congo: this one looks tough. it reminds me of a dan allender essay we're publishing in our book remembering the future this month.
- project kashmir: this one looks beautifully filmed and rather engaging.