Why “American Gospel: Christ Alone” is dividing Netflix viewers

Why “American Gospel: Christ Alone” is dividing Netflix viewers

Source:  Decider

A new documentary on Netflix is stirring up controversy for its portrayal of religion, faith, and Christianity in America.

“American Gospel: Christ Alone,” a 2018 film that arrived on Netflix last month, is dividing viewers between those who think the film is “demonically inspired” and others who like the message it sends.

The film explores the prosperity gospel, promoted by preachers like Joel Osteen, which equates faith with financial success and questions this health and wealth approach to Christianity.

The documentary ignited a controversy online after evangelist Todd White gave a speech about “American Gospel,” calling it “a demonically inspired movie.”

Watch “American Gospel: Christ Alone” on Netflix.

Read the story at Decider.


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New documentary provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Vatican

New documentary provides a rare behind-the-scenes look at the Vatican

Source:  PBS

Filmed over the course of the fifth year of Pope Francis’s papacy, “Inside the Vatican” provides a rare behind-the-scenes look inside the city-state.

From the Pope himself to the head of security, the nuns who serve the homeless, the choristers of the Sistine Chapel, the papal gardener, the chief of the diplomatic corps, and many others, the film offers an inside look into the daily lives of those who live and work in the Vatican.

Although the church calendar unfolds much as it has for centuries, it’s also a time of dramatic change as the Pope introduces reforms, shakes up the clerical establishment, and deals with the fallout of a sex abuse scandal that erupts just as he embarks on a historic visit to Ireland.

“Inside the Vatican” premieres April 28 on PBS.


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Dorothy Day defied definition. Now the potential saint is the subject of a new documentary

Dorothy Day defied definition. Now the potential saint is the subject of a new documentary

Source:  Religion News Service

It’s hard to imagine where Dorothy Day would fit in today’s American political landscape.  The former journalist who co-founded the Catholic Worker Movement was a committed Catholic who gave her life to the cause of the poor, yet also disdained government assistance.

She was both a radical pacifist who refused to pay taxes to support the U.S. military buildup, and a traditionalist who attended Mass daily and submitted herself to the all-male Catholic hierarchy.

Day’s ability to confound expectations is one reason why filmmaker Martin Doblmeier decided the potential saint would be a great subject for his new film.

Watch “Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story” on PBS.

Read the story at Religion News Service.


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“The Inner Revolution” hopes to contribute to the expansion of consciousness on Earth

“The Inner Revolution” hopes to contribute to the expansion of consciousness on Earth

Source:  Buddhistdoor Global

A new documentary on the importance of self-knowledge and inner wisdom for improving our lives and our relationship with the world is scheduled for release later this year.

“The Inner Revolution” involves contemporary teachers and thinkers from Asian wisdom traditions discussing their views on the challenges and crises facing the modern world, and what can be done to address them.

The film is the brainchild of filmmaker (and occasional editorial contributor to Buddhistdoor Global) Victoria Knobloch.  “The film is very solution-oriented and will show ways in which we can move forward constructively in these troubled times,” she told Buddhistdoor Global.  “In this way we hope that the documentary can make a contribution to the expansion of consciousness on Earth.”

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VR documentary “Rebuilding Notre Dame” takes a look at the cathedral before and after the fire

VR documentary “Rebuilding Notre Dame” takes a look at the cathedral before and after the fire

Source:  VentureBeat

While it’s been less than a year since the Notre Dame cathedral’s roof and spire were destroyed in a fire, VR documentary “Rebuilding Notre Dame” takes you inside one of the world’s great monuments, both before and after the fire.

“Rebuilding Notre Dame” captures the cultural landmark in 360-degree video as it looked before April 15, 2019 and where the reconstruction stands today.

Since the fire, the popular tourist attraction has been closed to the public due to a full-time renovation effort.

So far, more than $1 billion from around the world has been pledged to the rebuilding effort.

“Rebuilding Notre Dame” is available now on Oculus Quest on Oculus TV.

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The largest gathering of humans on Earth occurs every 12 years in India

The largest gathering of humans on Earth occurs every 12 years in India

Source:  The Atlantic

In January, an estimated 120 million people gathered at the confluence of three holy rivers in India: the Ganges, the Yamuna, and the mythical Sarasvati.

The occasion was the Kumbh Mela, a historic Hindu pilgrimage that occurs just once every 12 years.

The pilgrimage is widely considered to be the largest gathering of humans on Earth and can even be seen from space.

Filmmaker Jeremy Snell told The Atlantic, “The scale is really something that can’t be captured—it has to be experienced.”

Snell tried anyway, and the results are astounding.

Earlier this year, the director traveled to Prayagraj and Varanasi, in India, to film “Pilgrims,” a short documentary that depicts the Kumbh Mela in striking 16-mm film.

“My approach was to look for faces and scenes that exemplified an enactment of faith,” Snell said.

Watch “Pilgrims” above and read the story at The Atlantic.

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