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Documentary and dramatic movies
with a religious, spiritual or cultural theme

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Movies discussed in this section:

bullet Brokeback Mountain: A relationship between two bisexual sheepherders

bullet The Da Vinci Code: A novel -- a work of fiction -- about Mary Magdelene and Jesus

bullet Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed: A film by Ben Stein about academic freedom and intelligent design

bullet For the BIBLE tells me so: Conflicts over equal rights for persons of all sexual orientations

bullet The Heart of the Beholder: A movie about religious intolerance and bigotry, based on a true story

bullet Color photograph of the actor playing the role of Jesus The Passion of the Christ (2004) About Jesus' execution

bullet The Pursuit of Equality About same-sex marriage licenses in San Francisco

bullet Religulous Religulous (2008-OCT-03) An anti-religious movie featuring Bill Maher

bullet Color photo of the actors in the movie Saved! (2004) About intolerance in a Christian high school

bullet ScaredSacred (2005) A personal quest for hope in an age of violence and fear

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Eventually, we plan to add reviews of older movies to this list, like:

bulletGone (nominated for Best Christian movie of the Year),
bulletThe Last Temptation of Christ,
bulletThe Gospel of John,
bulletJesus of Montreal,
bulletJesus (a.k.a. The Jesus Film), etc.

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Links to additional movies of potential interest:


Image of movie trailer "MOOZ-lum: "Pulled between his strict Muslim upbringing by his father and the normal social life he's never had, Tariq Mahdi enters college in a state of confusion. New relationships with Muslims and non-Muslims alike challenge his already shaken ideals, and the estrangement with his mother and sister troubles him. With the help of new friends, family and mentors, he begins to find himself and open up to an Islam he hasn't been exposed to. But when the attacks of 9/11 happen without warning, he is forced to face his past and make the biggest decisions of his life."

"The misspelling of the word Muslim has to do with the misunderstanding of the faith. A large majority of the population either mispronounces the word by saying Muz-lum, Mooz-lum, etc. Given the current state of affairs in the media regarding Islam/Muslims being extremists/terrorists, etc, there's also a great deal of misunderstanding about the faith itself. Mispronunciation of the word Muslim as 'Mooz-lum' is also often used in a derogatory context to refer to a follower of the religion." 1

The movie opened in about a dozen AMC theatres on 2011-FEB-11.

See: http://www.youtube.com/ for additional videos
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Their website is at: www.MoozlumTheMovie.com

bullet "When the Goddess ruled the earth:" In early 2008, Arden films released a feature documentary by John W, McCluskey. It deals with Goddess worship in Europe and the Far East during the Neolothic / Megalithic eras (circa 8500 to 2000 BCE.). It was photographed on location in Ireland, Scotland and France during a seven year interval.
"The film meticulously explores ancient Megalithic stone monuments as they relate to the Earth Mother Goddess, interpreting the incised art on the stonework and bringing to the world new understanding of this highly advanced civilization. These massive monuments were built by the thousands around the European coastlines and even reached Japan." 2
An MP4 trailer can be viewed at: http://www.whenthegoddessruledtheearth.com/

"Zeitgeist:" This movie was released on "Z-DAY" 2008-MAR-15 -- "A world Wide Expression for Change.".

"Zeitgeist, produced by Peter Joseph, was created as a nonprofit filmiac expression to inspire people to start looking at the world from a more critical perspective and to understand that very often things are not what the population at large think they are."
Topics covered include ancient sun worship, the Zodiac, Pagan Gods and Goddesses, numerous saviors of humanity, astrology, the Bible, Gnosticism, Christianity, Pagan religions as source material for the Hebrew and Christian scriptures (Old and New Testaments), and other topics.

The movie website has a corrections/clarifications section, similar to our site's corrections section, that is nearly unique on the Internet.

The 1 hour 56 minute film can be viewed at: http://zeitgeistmovie.com/
bullet "God Man:" This is another film by John W. McCluskey. It: "... focuses on the Hellenistic Jewish origins of Christianity, its ties to the Eleusinian mysteries of the Greeks and details its certain influence on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The facts presented have been taken from evidence recently uncovered at an ancient Greek temple at a mountain top settlement in Ireland. ... The film concludes that Jesus Christ spent a portion of his life in Ireland living in this community which at the time was the only surviving more ancient temple to the gods in the Greek world. Those same earlier temples in other parts of Greek territories by the time of Christ had long been destroyed to build larger and more elaborate temples on their tops such as the Parthenon in Athens." 3

A trailer is available at: http://ardencommunications.com/

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Books about movies with a religious theme:

bullet W. Barnes Tatum, "Jesus at the Movies: A guide to the first hundred years," Polebridge Press, (1997), Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store

bullet Richard C. Stern, et al., "Savior on the Silver Screen," Paulist Press, (1999). Read reviews or order this book

bullet Lloyd Baugh, "Imaging the Divine: Jesus and Christ-Figures in Film," Sheed & Ward, (1997). Read reviews or order this book

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Movie lists:

bulletDVD Ideas has is a DVD movie listing website. Last time we looked, they had sixty movies on the topic of religion. See: http://www.dvdideas.com/

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References used:

The following information sources were used to prepare and update the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.

  1. VintageGoth, "What is this movie about?" IMDb, at: http://www.imdb.com/
  2. "When the goddess ruled the earth," Arden Films, at: http://www.whenthegoddessruledtheearth.com/
  3. "God Man," Arden Films, at: https://www.createspace.com

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Originally written: 2004-JUN-13-
Latest update: 2011-FEB-12
Author: B.A. Robinson

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