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WATCH LIST: July/August 2012

Have you seen or read anything on this list? Would you recommend it to others?

By Observer Staff

Boy
DIRECTED BY TAIKA WAITITI, STARRING JAMES ROLLESTON, TE AHO AHO EKETONE-WHITU AND TAIKA WAITITI (Mongrel Media)

Boy is an upbeat 11-year-old who, in 1984, loves Michael Jackson and lives in a deteriorating farm in Waihau Bay, New Zealand. He fantasizes about the return of his imprisoned dad, imagining him as a friend of Michael Jackson’s. When his feckless father does come home, he haphazardly pulls Boy out of his imagination to face the responsibility of standing up to those we love. July 6

Gitanjali
BY RABINDRANATH TAGORE 
(Penguin Classics)

Rabindranath Tagore’s verses and stories reveal intense explorations of love, faith and nature. This new translation marks the 150th anniversary of his birth. The first non-European to win a Nobel Prize for literature, Tagore was a painter, philosopher and a leading figure in the Indian nationalist movement alongside Gandhi. July 5

The Praying Man: Henry Bird Steinhauer, Ojibwe and Methodist Minister
BY ISAAC MABINDISA AND DANIEL JOHNS (Athabasca University Press)

This biography about Ojibwe-born rebel Henry Bird Steinhauer describes his baptism in Lake Simcoe in 1828 and his later ordination. While posted in Whitefish Lake, Alta., Bird worried that Aboriginal people were under pressure to surrender land to an influx of white settlers. By 1875, he cut his connections to the Missionary Society and acted as political adviser to nearby First Nations. August 20




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Interviews

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by Jocelyn Bell

'It’s a wonder that we continue to see male ministers as normative and attach shame to female ministers’ biology and sexuality.'

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Video

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by Observer Staff

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