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‘The Berrigans’ venerates walking one’s talk

‘The Berrigans’ venerates walking one’s talk

“The Berrigans: Devout and Dangerous” (2021). Cast: Interviews and Archives: Daniel Berrigan, Philip Berrigan, Elizabeth McAllister, Frida Berrigan, Jerry Berrigan, Kate Berrigan, Daniel Ellsberg, Martin Sheen, Jeremy Scahill, Howard Zinn, John Dear, Jim Forest, Stephen Kelly, Carmen Trotta, Jim Wallis; Voice-overs: Liam Neeson, Bill Pullman. Director: Susan Hagedorn. Web site. Trailer. Sticking to one’s principles is undeniably a noble pursuit. Walking one’s talk is indeed to be commended for its honesty and integrity. But living up to that aspiration can be quite the challenge, especially when one adheres to an outlook that draws the ire of others, particularly those in positions of power. However, if an impactful statement is to be made, following this course is essential, despite the dangers and difficulties, as seen in the inspiring new documentary about a trio of committed activists seeing through on their mission, “The Berrigans: Devout and Dangerous.” In the 1960s, the US was embroiled in a highly controversial conflict in Southeast Asia, one that divided the nation into two camps – devoted patriots and vocal opponents. This division came as something of a surprise, given that, in virtually all of the country’s previous wars, Americans had typically gone along with the party ...
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‘Inversion’ makes the case for fairness, equality

‘Inversion’ makes the case for fairness, equality

“Inversion” (“Varoonegi”) (2016). Cast: Sahar Dowlatshahi, Ali Mosaffa, Alireza Aghakhani, Setareh Pesyani, Roya Javidnia, Shirin Yazdanbaksh, Setareh Hosseini, Toofan Mehrdadian, Payam Yazdani, Ebad Karimi, Mojitaba Nam Nabat. Director: Behnam Behzadi. Screenplay: Behnam Behzadi. Web site. Trailer. It goes without saying that we’d all like to be treated fairly and equally. However, no matter how much praise and value we may laud on these concepts, there are countless instances where these principles are compromised or disregarded altogether, leaving some of us out in the cold. And, in the wake of such developments, it’s entirely understandable how those who are slighted come to feel angry, frustrated and desperate, placing them in a position of wanting to lash out for justice. So it is for a young Iranian woman in the 2016 domestic drama, “Inversion” (“Varoonegi”), now available for streaming. Niloofar Pirasteh (Sahar Dowlatshahi) would seem to have a fairly good life going for her. The responsible, self-reliant, unmarried career woman enjoys what appears to be a fulfilling existence in Tehran, despite the challenges of modern urban living. She runs the tailoring business founded by her late father and, with the aid of her good friend, Soudabeh (Setareh Pesyani). is now looking to ...
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Hot Times at the Movies in July!

Hot Times at the Movies in July!

Join special guest host Ishita Sharma and yours truly for the July movie review broadcast of The Good Media Network’s Frankiesense & More video podcast! We’ll talk about nine new movies, as well as two new releases on home media, beginning Thursday July 28 on Facebook or YouTube ...
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This Week in Movies with Meaning

This Week in Movies with Meaning

Reviews of “Thor: Love and Thunder,” “Fire in The Mountains” and “Voodoo Macbeth,” as well as a podcast preview, are all in the latest Movies with Meaning post on the web site of The Good Media Network, available by clicking here ...
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‘Fire in The Mountains’ ignites a feminist manifesto

‘Fire in The Mountains’ ignites a feminist manifesto

“Fire in The Mountains” (2021 production, 2022 release). Cast: Vinamrata Rai, Chandan Bisht, Harshita Tewari, Mayank Singh Jaira, Sonal Jha, Lalit Pandey, Mukesh Ghasmana, Uma Shanker Madi, Monaj Kumar, Madan Mehra. Director: Ajitpal Singh. Screenplay: Ajitpal Singh. Web site. Trailer. To paraphrase Bruce Springsteen, it takes a spark to light a fire. But sometimes such blazes don’t take on the first strike, because there’s not enough initial energy behind it to catch flame. In fact, it may take multiple sparks before a conflagration erupts. And it’s a concept that’s applicable both literally and metaphorically. But, when things finally come alive, watch out – a message delivered home with hard-hitting force in the new Indian drama, “Fire in The Mountains.” India is a land at a cross-roads in terms of embracing modernization while preserving tradition. It’s an often-uneasy mix that struggles to find a suitable balance. And, while one might think that the efforts aimed at modernizing are designed to benefit everybody, not everyone does, especially with the tug of traditionalism fighting against progressive change in certain segments of society, particularly among women. These conditions are especially prevalent in the nation’s rural areas, such as the State of Uttarakhand in the ...
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Preserving Freedom on The Cinema Scribe

Preserving Freedom on The Cinema Scribe

Tune in for the latest Cinema Scribe segment on Bring Me 2 Life Radio, beginning Tuesday July 26, available by clicking here. You can also catch it later on demand on Spreaker, Spotify, Apple, iHeartRadio, Google Podcasts, Castbox, Deezer, Podchaser and Jiosaavn ...
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