Reflections from Seminary Students

Film Review–Life in a Day

December 16th, 2011 § 1 Comment

Life in a Day is a Sundance Film Festival documentary compiled from video taken by people all around the world in in order to show what life is like on Earth during an ordinary day.  The documentary was accomplished by asking individuals to film their lives, on July 24th, 2010. In fact the tagline for the documentary is “Filmed by You.” The participants were also asked to answer three questions: 1) “what is in your pockets,” 2) “what do you love” and lastly 3) “what do you fear.”   4,500 hours of video from 192 countries were submitted.  Life in a Day is result of the hour and 35 minutes of video that made the cut.

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Film Review: What Would Jesus Buy?

December 9th, 2011 § 0 Comments

What Would Jesus Buy? is a 2007 documentary produced by Morgan Spurlock, who directed, wrote and stared in Supersize Me. However Spurlock does not make an appearance in this documentary, as the clear headlines are Reverend Billy and the Church of Stop Shopping.  The documentary focuses on how our nation has moved from individuals being producers to only being consumers, particularly around the holiday season.  In fact now is the first time since the great depression that American household have no money in their saving accounts.  Furthermore, Americans today tend to spend only 1 hour a week on religion and around 5 hours on shopping.  Christmas is no longer a time of anticipation, but of dread.

American’s shopping grows exponentially worse at Christmas where many people go into debt to ensure that their families, especially children, receive the best gifts.  Christmas is a wonderful selling opportunity for cooperations because it combines consumerism with the feeling of love and affection for friends and family.  In America children are socialized to see the material goods given at Christmas with love. » Read the rest of this entry «

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