Religion & Spirituality
by Jennifer Maytorena Taylor
Premiere Date: June 23, 2009
Puerto Rican-American rapper Hamza Pérez pulled himself out of street life 12 years ago and became a Muslim. Now he must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world. (90 minutes)
by Adele Horne
Premiere Date: July 25, 2006
Global Recordings Network (GRN), founded in Los Angeles in 1939, has produced audio versions of Bible stories in over 5,500 languages. GRN aims to record in every language on earth. They distribute the recordings, along with ultra-low-tech hand-wind players, in isolated regions and among displaced migrant workers. GRN calls their target audience "the tailenders" because they are the last to be reached by worldwide evangelism.
by Christopher McLeod and Malinda Maynor
Premiere Date: August 14, 2001
In the Light of Reverence is a beautifully rendered account of the struggles of the Lakota in the Black Hills, the Hopi in Arizona and the Wintu in California to protect their sacred sites. (54 minutes)
by Ross McElwee
Premiere Date: June 7, 1994
In Ross McElwee's 1986 cult hit, Sherman's March, an idealist searches for love, happiness — and a wife. Now he's turning 40, getting married, and heading out on yet another quest.
by Jonathan Demme
Premiere Date: August 24, 1993
Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) catches up with his long-lost cousin, Robert Castle, a fiery Harlem-based white Episcopalian priest.
by Mickey Lemie
Premiere Date: July 6, 1993
The richly textured story of the Dalai Lama of Tibet — spiritual leader, Nobel Laureate — interweaves an inspiring portrayal with the urgent plight of his homeland under Chinese occupation.
by Sylvia Morales and Jean Victor
Premiere Date: August 21, 1992
Three American nuns, inspired by the Civil Rights movement and encouraged by the internal reforms of Vatican II, accuse the Catholic Church of racism and sexism. A revealing portrait of a 2,000 year old organization struggling to reconcile authority and conscience, tradition and the need for change.
by James Toback
Premiere Date: August 6, 1991
Whether the subject is sex, death, madness or God, The Big Bang never lets up in its weird and wonderful search for the meaning of it all.
by Thomas Anderson
Premiere Date: September 4, 1990
Ossian Maclise is not an average American teenager. Born in Massachusetts, he has been living in a Tibetan Buddhist monastery since the age of four. At seven, his monastic order recognized Ossian as a tulku — a reincarnation of a high Tibetan lama.
by Ed Burke and Ruth Shapiro
Premiere Date: September 4, 1990
Founded by a Jesuit priest from St. Louis, a grassroots theatre company takes its shows on the unpaved roads of Honduras to enlighten and inspire villagers in the impoverished countryside.
by Grover Babcock and Andrew Takeuchi
Premiere Date: July 10, 1990
Cryonics — the freezing of human beings after death for future revival — is the focus of this off-beat film by two science buffs-turned-film-majors. With commentary from Timothy Leary, a theologian and skeptical scientists, On Ice is alternately deadpan and dead serious.
by Bill Jersey and Richard Wormser
Premiere Date: September 3, 1989
Moved by the growing desperation of thousands of laid-off steel workers, a group of ministers in Pittsburgh begins to confront the city's government and powerful corporations. Their passionate, controversial and unorthodox actions lead to profound soul-searching, Church rejection and imprisonment.