On Film: Social Justice Themes

Jocelyn Thomas Around the Province

As the public awaits the action flicks traditionally released in the summer, HNP ministries are viewing movies with themes of social justice.

On May 1, the award-winning documentary “Inequality for All” is being shown by New York City’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish. The movie, according to an announcement in the bulletin of the church on West 31st Street, is “a simultaneously passionate and well-reasoned argument on behalf of the middle class.”

The movie will be shown at no charge at 7 p.m. in San Damiano Hall, 127 West 31st Street.

In Boston, St. Anthony Shrine showed “The Story of the Weeping Camel” on April 26 as part of the Inconvenient Films series. The Shrine’s Franciscan Adult School, which offered the program, publicized the movie in a recent bulletin.

“This breathtaking blend of documentary and fiction filmmaking provides an unobtrusive glimpse into the relationships, rituals, and livelihood of a four-generation family of nomadic shepherds in the Gobi desert of South Mongolia,” said Jackie Stewart, a Shrine staff member. “This modest yet magnificent film is the graduation project of film students Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falomi, extending beyond the story of a camel and colt to explore the fragility and beauty of an ancient way.”

Through the years, other HNP ministries, including St. Mary’s Parish in Pompton Lakes, N.J., and St. Francis of Assisi Parish on Long Beach Island, N.J., have also shown films as part of their formation programs.

Editor’s note: Newsletter readers — both friars and laypeople — are welcomed to submit information to the HNP Communications Office about meaningful movies for possible inclusion in future issues of HNP Today. Emails should be sent to communications@hnp.org.

— Compiled by Jocelyn Thomas