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Movies That Matter will screen a movie once a month. The viewing will be followed by a discussion.


THE WAY is a powerful and inspirational story about family, friends and the challenges we face while navigating this ever-changing and complicated world.
A father heads overseas to recover the body of his estranged son who died while traveling the "El camino de Santiago," and decides to take the pilgrimage


THE BLIND SIDE

The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her fami


ERIN BROCKOVICH is a 2000 biographicall film directed by Stevan Speilberg . The film is a dramatization of the story of Erin Brockovich, played by Julia Roberts, who fought against theUs West Coast energy corporation Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Roberts won the , Golden Globe, and BAFTA for Best Actress. The film itself was also nominated for Best Picture and Best Director for Steven Soderbergh at the 73rd Academy Awards. It is based on a true story, and the real Erin Brockovich has a cameo appearance as a waitress named Julia


The Shawshank Redemption
is a 1994 American drama film written and directed by Frank Darabont and starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. The film tells the story of Andy Dufresne, a banker who spends nearly two decades in Shawshank State Prison for the murder of his wife and her lover despite his claims of innocence. During his time at the prison, he befriends a fellow inmate, Ellis "Red" Redding, and finds himself protected by the guards after the warden begins using him in his money laundering operation. The film received favorable reviews from critics, multiple award nominations, and has since enjoyed a remarkable life on cable television, VHS, DVD. It was included in the American Film Institute's 100 Years…100 Movies 10th Anniversary Edition.[2]

INVICTUS

The story of Nelson Mandela’s journey from political prisoner on Robben Island to president of South Africa as played by Morgan Freeman. Mandela's strategy is to embrace his opposition, a tactic that distances him from his core supporters. Searching for a means to unite the country, he seizes on rugby, a sport with a largely white following.

Since South Africa is hosting the 1995 World Cup, Mandela throws his support behind the Springboks, who are representing the country. Those who don't oppose the sport's racist undertones have little regard for the team's ability to compete on a world stage. In what many see as a unrealistic gesture, Mandela appeals personally to team captain François Pienaar (Matt Damon) to lead the Springboks to victory.

'Billy Elliot"

Billy Elliot lis an shy 11-year-old living with his proud miner father (Gary Lewis) and older brother Tony (Jamie Draven) during the political and social unrest of the 1984 miner's strike. Times are hard - the men of the house spend their days on the picket lines clashing with the police, while Billy navigates the minefield of adolescence and takes care of his increasingly senile grandmother (Jean Heywood).Determined to forge his son in his own image, Billy's father sends him for boxing lessons with pal George (Mike Elliot) at the local village hall. Unfortunately, Billy isn't interested in expressing himself with his fists, he's much more taken with the ballet lessons next door, run by jaded Mrs Wilkinson

FIREPROOF

"Fireproof' is the inspiring story of a devoted and heroic fire fighter whose marriage is on the brink of eruption, and who, in response to a challenge from his father, brgrudgingly sets out on a 40 day quest to salvage his relationship with his wife. Fireproof centres around an intriguing concept; the notion that by pursuing a aomple, 40 day programme, in which a spouse daily puts into practice a new marriage 'dare', a marriage can be completely turned around.
"Fireproof' is a story of the need for grace. Capt. Caleb Holt's attempts to recapture the heart of his wife, Catherine, are initally rebuffed. But then Holt's father tells the young man 'you cannot give what you have not got' and show him that in order to lovewith the selflessness that is requisite in a marriage, a relationship with Love Itself - God - is indispensible. With God's grace one learns to love , even when love is not returned. In this way Holt learns to anchor his own life in love, through prayer, which allows him to provide his wife with the love that she needed from him.

OF GOD'S AND MEN

Brotherhood. Religions. Faith. Martyrdom. Love. French monks are living, working and praying in a catholic monastery in Algeria in the '90s (civil war). It starts of showing how the islamic locals and the christian priests coexist in harmony. The situation with the Algerian muslim-terrorists becomes worse. They will have to decide whether to stay or go back to France. They are forced to question themselves and their mission very profoundly. Their sense of fraternity with the locals and amongst themselves is challenged. They are very much appreciated by the local islamic population, especially the medic-priest, but very much in danger. This becomes clear after some croation volunteers of the monastery are brutally killed by the guerrilla-fighters. Threatened and unwanted by both guerrilla-forces and the government their presence becomes less and less obvious. At some point after intense confrontations with eachother, the terrorists and the locals, they all decide to stay. In the end they are all, safe two who have hidden themselves well, abducted by the terrorists to swap them for their own prisoners in France. As we see them struggling in a snowblizzard in the Atlas mountains, we will not explicitly see what their final faith is...

   

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