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WATCH LIST: July/August 2013

By Observer Staff

Bruce Cockburn
VARIOUS LOCATIONS

Canadian songwriting great Bruce Cockburn kicks off a North American tour this summer, touching down in western Canada and Ontario in August. Known for his thoughtful lyrics and social conscience, the folk-rock musician is also the star of the recently released documentary Bruce Cockburn: Pacing the Cage. Directed by Joel Goldberg, the film blends live concert footage with Cockburn’s candid thoughts on music, activism and spirituality. Tour starts July 12

Spiritual Ecology:
The Cry of the Earth
EDITED BY LLEWELLYN VAUGHAN-LEE (The Golden Sufi Center)

Bringing together voices from a wide range of faith traditions, this collection of essays by religious and environmental leaders traces a spiritual response to our current ecological crisis. Contributors include Zen monk Thich Nhat Hanh, ecotheology scholar Mary Evelyn Tucker, Anishinaabe author and activist Winona LaDuke, ecofeminist Vandana Shiva, and American writer and farmer Wendell Berry. July 1

The Soul of All Living Creatures: What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human
BY VINT VIRGA (Crown)


Longtime veterinarian Vint Virga shares his insights and anecdotes from years of observing the powerful connections between humans and animals. Exploring the inner lives of whales and wolves, dogs and cats, he encourages us to see the world through animals’ eyes. By deepening our kinship with our fellow creatures, we come to know our own spirit. July 9

Wadjda
DIRECTED BY HAIFAA AL-MANSOUR, STARRING REEM ABDULLAH AND WAAD MOHAMMED (Razor Film/Highlook Communications Group)


For Wadjda, a 10-year-old charmer from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, the shiny green bicycle in a local shop is love at first sight. Determined to buy it, she competes for the cash prize in her school’s Qur’an recital contest. The catch? Girls aren’t allowed to ride bikes. The first feature film by a female Saudi director, Wadjda is a moving snapshot of life in the desert kingdom. July 19

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