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Robert De Niro in "Being Flynn."

Watch List: March 2012

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By Observer Staff

Being Flynn
DIRECTED BY PAUL WEITZ, STARRING PAUL DANO, ROBERT DE NIRO AND JULIANNE MOORE (Focus Features)


A struggling writer in his 20s working at a homeless shelter finds himself breathless when his long-absent but brilliant father shows up looking for a place to sleep. Academy Award-nominated director Paul Weitz tells a story of father-and-son relationships and the struggle to find ourselves in the people we love. Based on a true story. March 2


Emily Carr and the Theatre of Transcendence
VANCOUVER ART GALLERY (Vancouver)


Emily Carr’s paintings and drawings of Canadian forests are rooted in her critical curiosity about organized religion. Featuring work from the 1930s and early ’40s, this exhibit explores Carr’s exploration of nature as a “god-like” force that can link consciousness to a realm outside earthly experience. March 10 to Sept. 9






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The Persecution of Christians
VISIONTV (Elsash Productions)


Centring on the story of Majed El Shafie, an Egyptian lawyer and church leader once tortured in an underground prison for his belief in Jesus, The Persecution of Christians makes a case for religious freedom worldwide. A project by foreign war correspondent Martin Himel, this documentary follows the stories of Christians in Iraq, Egypt and Pakistan as they flee their homelands. March 14, 10 p.m. EST

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Amen: What Prayer Can Mean in a World Beyond Belief
BY GRETTA VOSPER (HarperCollins Canada)


United Church minister Gretta Vosper follows up her controversial bestseller With or Without God with an honest investigation of the context and lived experiences of prayer. From those who pray and expect results to those who think the traditional ritual is a waste of time, Vosper offers a range of positions on prayer and critiques our sense of ownership of the world’s wrongs, all while challenging us to consider whether prayers heal the world or distract us from taking action. March 23


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