Amazing Grace, 2006. The story of William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery in the British Empire in 1807.
City of Joy, 1993. Patrick Swayze stars as Max Lowe, a disillusioned surgeon who travels to India after a young patient dies on the operating table. Set in the slums of Calcutta.
Beyond the Gates of Splendor, 2005. Documentary recounting the story of five American Christian missionaries who were killed when they attempted to evangelize the Huaorani (Waodani) people of the jungle of Ecuador. Told from the perspective of one of the missionary’s sons, who lived with the tribe for many years after his father’s death. A story of forgiveness, reconciliation, and redemption.
Gandhi, 1982. With Ben Kingsley, a “must see” film. Gandhi was not a Christian but spoke often about Christianity. He is quoted as saying “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” When asked if he was a Hindu he said “Yes I am; I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist, and a Jew.”
Romero, 1989. With Raul Julia. This classic movie documents the life of the Catholic Archbishop of El Salvador, Oscar Romero, who was assassinated at the altar for his outspoken support of the Salvadoran people under government oppression.
Smoke Signals, 1998. Written, directed, co-produced and acted by American Indians. A moving and engrossing look at life on “The Rez” for two Native American youths.
The Mission, 1986. With Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. Still well worth watching to ponder questions of mission and colonialism.
War Dance, 2007. Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country’s national music and dance festival.
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