In the streets of Mariupol, Ukraine, abandoned and orphaned children face a life of addiction and abuse. For many years, Pastor Gennadiy Mokhnenko has made a name for himself by creating the largest children’s rehab facility in the former Soviet Union.
We have veterans right now who are struggling—struggling—and how much is the church becoming a part of that solution? It’s not. Not on the whole. Most of them aren’t even aware that there’s a problem.
Questions of faith and loss of faith—and of the lies that are told and crimes that continue to be committed in the name of doing good–all come into play.
We often think of philosophers as those who sit in ivory towers unaffected by the actual world. They think their thoughts about the nature of things without really understanding what matters. But often philosophy comes out of profound experiences.
Look at Us Now, Mother is Gayle Kirschenbaum’s look at her family’s angst—especially the difficult relationship she has had with her mother Mildred. Gayle claims she faced so much more criticism than her brothers that she was convinced she was born into the wrong family.
Filmmaker Jen Senko relates how her father, a fairly non-political, open-minded Kennedy Democrat quickly evolved into an angry, intolerant person after he had immersed himself in Rush Limbaugh and Fox News.
The root of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict can be found in the history and development of Zionism. Colliding Dreams is a documentary that traces that history “as seen through the eyes of the inhabitants of the land.”
The short documentaries often are very personal stories that allow us to see important issues. The nominees this year introduce us to people who have serious struggles yet have managed to move beyond the struggles to find some meaning or happiness.
Early in Janis: Little Girl Blue, we hear Janis Joplin talking about ambition and reducing it to the need to be loved. That need was a driving force in her life, her career, and even in her terrible struggles. Even forty-five years after her death, she continues to be an icon of rock and roll…. [Read More]
“If you put beauty into a place that generally doesn’t have it, that’s a game changer.” Can gardening change people’s lives? That is the question that led Delila Vallot to make Can You Dig This?, a documentary that features urban gardening in some of the must depressed areas of Los Angeles. The idea of guerrilla… [Read More]