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Actor recalls retreat at St Bueno's preparing  for role in Scorsese's 'Silence'
Actor recalls retreat at St Bueno's preparing for role in Scorsese's 'Silence'

Actor Andrew Garfield has been speaking about his experience of undertaking a seven-day silent retreat at St Beuno's spirituality and retreat centre in North Wales, in preparation for his role in the Martin Scorsese film Silence, which is due to be released in the UK in the New Year - the Jesuit News Service reports. Scorsese has been passionate about making the film since he read Shūsaku Endō's novel of the same name back in 1989; and it is due to receive its premiere in the Vatican within the next few weeks. The novel tells the story of Fr Sebastian Sebastião Rodrigues SJ (played by Garfield),

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Film: A Street Cat Named Bob
Film: A Street Cat Named Bob

Many people living in north London will have seen the busker James Bowen, and his exceptional cat Bob - regulars by the Angel, Islington, Covent Garden and other locations. Their story - which became a best-seller - is told in this heartwarming film directed by Roger Spottiswoode. A recovering drug addict, with a difficult family background, James, played by Luke Treadaway, is living on the streets as the film opens. After his support worker gets him some accommodation, he struggles to get by, busking for small change from tourists and receiving his regular dose of methadone from

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New Scorsese film 'Silence' tells story of Jesuits in Japan
New Scorsese film 'Silence' tells story of Jesuits in Japan

For Christians across the world, faith is a source of hope and comfort. Jesus's triumph over death offers a reason for joy whatever the circumstances, and a promise that light will ultimately overcome darkness. But if we only talk about victory, we risk denying the reality of the other half of life. Where is God in our doubt, in our defeat - and even in our despair? These thorny questions are at the heart of Silence, a new historical epic film from master director Martin Scorsese.

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Film:  I Daniel Blake
Film: I Daniel Blake

Paul Donovan reviews 'I, Daniel Blake' in his latest blog. Ken Loach's film, I, Daniel Blake, offers a great insight into the way that the welfare system has been changed from a support structure for those in need to a means of punishing the poor and vulnerable. The film demonstrates this transition, highlighting how in the worst cases, the punative inhumane actions of those in charge are actually killing people.

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Film: Queen of Katwe
Film: Queen of Katwe

This Disney film tells the true story of Phiona Mutesa, a young girl from Kampala, Uganda who is now a world chess champion. Directed by Mira Nair, whose work includes Salaam Bombay and Monsoon Wedding, the film was made on location in the sprawling Katwe slum. In the opening scenes we see Phiona (played by Madina Nalwanga) living with her widowed mother, Harriet (Lupita Nyong'o) brothers and sisters in a rickety shack. They have no electricity and water is collected from a stand pipe in the street. None of the kids go to school. They eke out a living selling vegetables

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Film: Today They Took My Son
Film: Today They Took My Son

Feature films usually get most of the attention at film festivals, but one short film that is gaining recognition from global influencers is Today They Took My Son (TTTMS), by Palestinian-human rights advocate and film maker, Farah Nabulsi. Following recent screenings at film festivals in New York, Edmonton and Vancouver, TTTMS is now premiering in the UK at the Edinburgh Shorts Film Festival on October 28th. The film that artistically blurs the lines between fiction and reality, tells the story of a mother struggling to cope when her young child is taken away by the military system.

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New film tells story of Muslim aid to Ireland during Great Famine
New film tells story of Muslim aid to Ireland during Great Famine

The little-known story of the Turkish Sultan who was one of the few people to come to the aid of Ireland during the Great Famine, is the focus of a new film currently in production, starring Irish actor Colin Farrell. Between 1845 and 1852, Ireland endured the terrible loss of a million dead and the mass exodus of more than one million people never to return. When the Turkish Ottoman, Sultan Khaleefah Abdul-Majid I, heard about the unfolding disaster, he declared his intention to send £10,000 to help Irish farmers.

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 Open Bethlehem is coming to Canada!
Open Bethlehem is coming to Canada!

The award-winning film Open Bethlehem begins its tour of North America this week with two premieres in Montreal - one French and one English, with the support of their partner Development and Peace. From Montreal the film will be screened in Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver. All screenings will be followed by a Q&A and Discussion with Director/Producer Leila Sansour. Open Bethlehem will be touring North America for a period of one year to gain at least 10,000 new ambassadors for Bethlehem.

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Film: Ben Hur
Film: Ben Hur

Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston) has it all. A Jewish prince living in first-century Jerusalem, he's rich enough not to feel the pinch of Roman oppression. He has a loyal best friend in his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), and he's in love with the beautiful Esther (Nanzan Boniadi). Though there are rumours of a rebellion brewing against the Romans, Judah wants nothing to do with it - he's comfortable in the compromises he's made to get along with the authorities. And then, in a moment, everything changes. Falsely accused of treason, Judah is

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'Strange Occurrences' - film about Knock Shrine released this week
'Strange Occurrences' - film about Knock Shrine released this week

Directed by Aoife Kelleher, 'Strange Occurrences in a small Irish village' opens in Irish cinemas on Friday. The film's title is derived from the international press coverage at the time. The film develops a fascinating, vibrant portrait of the phenomenon by examining the vast patchwork of individuals and groups involved. It presents a balanced opportunity for believers to celebrate the phenomenon and those who facilitate its ongoing success, while for sceptics it allows a fascinating glance into the thriving world, and business, of Ireland's Marian Shrine.

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India: Film festival celebrates life of Blessed Mother Teresa
India: Film festival celebrates life of Blessed Mother Teresa

A four-day film festival celebrating the life and mission of Blessed Mother Teresa will take place later this month in her adopted hometown of ‎Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal state in eastern India, in the run-up to her canonisation ceremony on September 4 in the Vatican. Predominantly featuring documentaries, the Mother Teresa International Film ‎Festival (MTIFF) which takes place from August 26-29. state, will be held at the Nandan multiplex, Kolkata's prestigious film and cultural centre owned by the state government.

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Pete's Dragon - Great holiday film  + free resources
Pete's Dragon - Great holiday film + free resources

Set deep in the woods on the Pacific Northwest, this Disney family adventure which was released at the weekend, tells the story of a little boy who gets lost in the wilderness after his parents are killed in a car crash. Pete is rescued from wolves by a giant, friendly dragon who he calls Elliott. There are spectacular scenes as they fly together over the treeline or swoop down along rivers and valleys. Five years later Pete, now resembling a bedraggled Mowgli, is discovered by Grace (Bryce Dallas Howard) who works as a forest ranger and

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Mel Gibson plans sequel to The Passion of Christ
Mel Gibson plans sequel to The Passion of Christ

Mel Gibson is working on a sequel to his 2004 film 'The Passion of the Christ', scriptwriter Randall Wallace has told the Hollywood Reporter this week. The Passion, scripted entirely in in Latin and Aramaic contained flashbacks of Jesus' earlier life and ministry, but focused mainly on his arrest, trial and crucifixion - with oblique references to subsequent events. This new film should portray the discovery of the Resurrection, and events which took place in the forty days before the Ascension.

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Film premier: Full of Grace
Film premier: Full of Grace

The UK premiere of 'Full of Grace' - described as 'a cinematic prayer experience' - takes place this Wednesday, June 1st, at the Prince Charles Cinema in London's West End. Directed by Andrew Hyatt with French actress Bahia Haifi in the title role and Noam Jenkins as St Peter it tells the story of Our Lady's life ten years after the Passion of Jesus, and the first years of the Church. Fr Peter John Cameron, OP, Editor-in-Chief, Magnificat said: "A breathtaking film and celebration of faith. I have not been moved by a film like this since The Passion of the Christ."

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Film preview: Miracles from Heaven
Film preview: Miracles from Heaven

Christy Beam (Jennifer Garner) enjoys a picture-perfect life in Texas with her husband Kevin (Martin Henderson) and their three daughters. Every Sunday the Beams go to church and hear sermons about a God who loves them. Given all of the blessings they enjoy, this is easy to believe. But then middle daughter Annabelle (Kylie Rogers) starts complaining of mysterious stomach pains, and life takes a frightening turn. While medical professionals shrug their shoulders and Annabelle's symptoms get worse,

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Film: Risen
Film: Risen

It's notoriously difficult to convey scripture convincingly in film without losing out either on the faith content or on the human and dramatic front. Do you want rounded, believable characters, in which case how do you make their faith convincing to a modern audience? Or do you want the faith element to be played straight down the line, in which case the characters are likely to come across as wild-eyed zealots or cardboard cut-outs. Kevin Reynolds' Risen has a spirited go at offering a resurrection narrative that could appeal to both believers and

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Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016  launched
Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 launched

The Insight Film Festival Student Filmmaker Award 2016 was launched at an event at Farm Street Church on Wednesday. 

The award, now in its third year, is sponsored by the Jesuits in Britain and the Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy, led by senior chaplain Fr Tim Byron SJ. Fr Tim explained: "we initiated this award with Insight because we felt that faith was worthy of more exploration in film. Our aim is to encourage more young film students of all faiths and none to consider faith as a fruitful

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Film: Risen - new Biblical epic out in Holy Week
Film: Risen - new Biblical epic out in Holy Week

Since the very successful 'Passion of Christ' directed by Mel Gibson, showing there was a market for such films, Hollywood has sought to cash in and find other biblical themes. Some of these have oscillated from the naff to the bizarre. 'Risen', written by Paul Aiello, however, which covers the period between the crucifixion of Christ and the Ascension, is both gripping and faith affirming. Directed by Hollywood veteran, Kevin Reynolds, and starring Joseph Fiennes, it tells the familiar Resurrection story through the eyes of a battle weary Roman Military Tribune called Clavius.

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Film: Spotlight
Film: Spotlight

It's strange, watching a film based on events of which you were part, however peripherally. The film Spotlight has that effect on me: I was in Boston the year the Boston Globe newspaper revealed the extensive cover-up by Church authorities of child-abusing priests in the archdiocese. With minimal sensationalism Spotlight tells the story of how a team of journalists on the Globe followed up on the background to the conviction of a former priest extradited from California to Massachusetts to stand trial for child abuse crimes committed twenty years

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Ave Maria - Palestinian short film nominated for Oscar
Ave Maria - Palestinian short film nominated for Oscar

A Palestinian short film is one of the 2016 Oscar nominees for Best Live Action Short Film, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 'Ave Maria' directed by Basil Khalil and featuring Maria Zreik, Huda Al-Imam, Maya Koren, Shady Srour, Ruth Farhi. 'Ave Maria' takes a comedic look at an encounter between Palestinian nuns and a Jewish settler family in the West Bank. Nuns of the 'Sisters of Mercy' convent in the middle of the West Bank wilderness have their daily routine of silence and prayer disrupted when a family of religious Israeli settlers crash their car into the convent's

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Documentary film:  'All You Need Is Love' narrated by Sigourney Weaver
Documentary film: 'All You Need Is Love' narrated by Sigourney Weaver

'All You Need is Love' is a documentary film, narrated by Sigourney Weaver, focusing on the lives and dreams of the children of Good Morning School in Mae Sot, a town on the Thai-Burma border. Mae Sot is home to hundreds of thousands of Burmese nationals that have moved into Thailand to escape the repressive actions taken by Burma's military junta. However, the vast majority of these Burmese refugees exist as people without nationality, rights or any solid future. This is the harsh reality that the Burmese children in Mae Sot have to face every day.

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Film: Watch Open Bethlehem here this Christmas
Film: Watch Open Bethlehem here this Christmas

As a special Christmas treat, the critically acclaimed documentary film 'Open Bethlehem' is available to watch online for a limited period over the festive season. Why not share it with a private viewing with family and friends? "One of the most remarkable and moving documentaries I have seen. The tragedy of Palestinians encapsulated in the life of one town - Bethlehem. See the film then go to Bethlehem and see for yourself" Jon Snow - News Anchor Channel 4

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UK cinema chains ban Our Father
UK cinema chains ban Our Father

The UK's three largest cinema chains: Odeon, Cineworld and Vue have banned a short ad which shows people from different walks of life, reciting the Our Father - on the grounds that it could cause offence to non-Christians. The Just Pray clip had received clearance from the Cinema Advertising Authority and British Board of Film Classification. It was due to be shown to audiences before the pre-Christmas launch of the new Star Wars film,

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Film: He Named Me Malala
Film: He Named Me Malala

This is a film which should be compulsory viewing for anyone who loves - or hates - school and education. We all think we know the story of Malala, the teenager in the Swat Valley in Pakistan; we know she defied the Taliban restrictions of girls' education and we may remember that she was shot, brought to the UK, recovered and last year was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. That is indeed a harrowing story. But there is so much more to her story

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 Film:  Seven Songs For a Long Life
Film: Seven Songs For a Long Life

This passionate and touching film from the Scottish Documentary Institute, takes us behind the scenes at Strathcarron Hospice, following the lives of six patients, and staff who use singing as therapy and encourage each person to find their own unique voice. There is a great score by composer Mark Orton. Nurse Mandy Malcomson is a model caregiver. From the moment Tosh refuses to fill in his assessment form and serenades us with a remarkably good Sinatra tune, you realise that this is not going to be a sentimental or clinical film.

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