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Travis Kunnuk and Lukasi Forrest in a scene from the film 'Uvanga.' Photo by Arnait Video Collective

WATCH LIST: June 2014

By Observer Staff

Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus
BY C. CHRISTOPHER SMITH AND JOHN PATTISON (IVP Books)


In a world of fast food and fast cars, is church an oasis of slow? Or is it too being swept along in a culture that values speed over substance? For Jesus and his followers, simple things like eating together created a deep-rooted sense of community and mission, the authors argue. The Kingdom of God isn’t built in a day. June 2

The Last Song Before the War
DIRECTED BY KILEY KRASKOUSKAS
(Essakane Film/Thinking Forward Media)


For 12 years, Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert was a mecca for musicians and music lovers. But it came to an end in 2012 after an uprising by Tuareg rebels and Islamic militants in the country’s north. Chronicling the personalities and stunning performances of the 2011 festival, the documentary captures a moment of harmony on the eve of war. June 6

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation
BY BRIAN D. MCLAREN (Jericho)


Offering fresh perspectives on faith and the Bible, author Brian D. McLaren, a leader in the emerging church movement, explores what it means to be a Christian today. With 52-plus chapters, accompanied by scripture readings and reflection questions, the book is ideal for individuals or groups seeking an honest, engaged approach to Christianity. June 10

Uvanga
DIRECTED BY MARIE-HELENE COUSTINEAU AND MADELINE PIUJUQ IVALU, STARRING MARIANNE FARLEY AND LUKASI FORREST

(ARNAIT VIDEO COLLECTIVE)

Uvanga tells the story of Anna and her son Tomas, who travel from Montreal to a small community in the Canadian Arctic. Years earlier, while working in Igloolik, Nunavut, Anna had a short-lived affair with an Inuk man, Tomas’s father. Tomas is eager to learn about his father’s culture, but the homecoming is bittersweet for the rest of the family. June 20


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