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WATCH LIST: September 2013

By Observer Staff


Rooted in Peace
Directed by Greg Reitman (Blue Water Entertainment)


American filmmaker Greg Reitman examines the cycle of global violence through his personal experiences with the Gulf War, 9/11 and the aftermath of Hiroshima. Showcasing interviews with Deepak Chopra, the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and others, the documentary inspires viewers to question the reasons for war and begin thinking about the changes needed for peace. Sept. 5

The Orenda
By Joseph Boyden (Hamish Hamilton)


The award-winning author of Through Black Spruce and Three Day Road returns with his first novel in five years. Set in the 1630s, The Orenda begins with a massacre and the kidnapping of a gifted Iroquois child by an elder of the Huron Nation. Boyden explores the complicated relationship between these two characters and a Jesuit missionary in their midst, bringing another chapter of Canadian history alive for readers. Sept. 10

Living Ecological Justice: A Biblical Response to the Environmental Crisis
Edited by Mishka Lysack and Karri Munn-Venn (Citizens for Public Justice)


Featuring writers from seven different Christian denominations, including United Church contributors Joy Kennedy and Shaun Loney, this new resource from the Canadian ecumenical group Citizens for Public Justice offers a faith-based approach to ecological issues. Modelled after Living Justice: A Gospel Response to Poverty, the book blends scripture, prayers and reflections with practical activities for groups and individuals. Sept. 15

The Right to Be Cold
By Sheila Watt-Cloutier (Allen Lane)


Drawing on her own life story, Sheila Watt-Cloutier connects climate change to human rights, particularly in the Arctic, where the effects of global warming have already started to destroy traditional ways of life. Raised in Kuujjuaq, Quebec, Watt-Cloutier is an internationally recognized Inuit leader. She was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for her advocacy on the human cost of climate change. Sept. 24


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