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Gentle L'Apotre

When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me.
— Jeremiah 29:13

"L'Apotre" (Apostle) is a French film by Cheyenne Carron telling a story of a French Muslim coming from a practicing Muslim family being drawn by the love of Christ and eventually converting to Christianity. Viewing of this movie was prohibited in France in fear of social repercussions. It was shown in the Vatican during Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival in 2014 as one of the three movies in the category of Best Films. Carron won the award as a film with high value of evangelization and rightly because finally I can say that this is a move in the right direction if we consider the idea of the new evangelization in the film department. The film has the feel of a documentary, with lyrical stops accompanied by driving music, to underline the concept of internal turmoil, invisible waves of grace. Family scenes are very realistic, dismantled of staged rehearsals. 

Despite a low budget and Carron's fight for making this project come to fruition, it comes out as true, poignant and successful, not preachy (finally) and a personal depiction of the inner journey.

Watch it on VUDU.  

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the boy in the striped pajamas

bitsp_s_shaking_hands This was moving, although not a true story. The point of this film was not to be historically correct, but to make one experience the atrocities of war through the eyes of an 8 year old Bruno, son of a Nazi soldier, who was just promoted to a concentration camp commandant.

The world of this little boy's mind, full of adventurous desires and expectations  is unexpectedly entangled with the reality of adults brutal and evil doings. The very few people who are shaping his worldview, his immediate family and grandparents, are forced to make clear choices and live with the consequences in the new Nazi Germany, brain washed by Hitler's propaganda. Bruno is left to guessing and self searching, slowly unfolding the new order of things.  Quiet unexpectedly he meets a friend, boy in the striped pajamas, and that becomes a turning point in his life.

It's a movie about fear, friendship, human consciousness. Worth watching.

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war dance

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Striking stories of kids living in the war zone in Uganda, and given opportunities to compete as a school in a national music/dance competition, are taking the chance and going to Kampala. You will meet many wonderful kids, abut three of them in particular are sharing their horror stories, which keep them in the dungeons of fear, hate, sorrow, depression, rejection and lack of hope for better future. Singing, playing and dancing takes them to a new dimension of life, provides a way to experience confidence and ignites hope.

Excellent documentary.

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