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Faith Issues in Film Group

Our group meets at 7pm, on the 3rd Tuesday, eight months a year. We watch the chosen film on our own, and then gather to discuss it; we’re very much like a book club in those aspects. Our meetings often include an introductory worship portion and a time for sharing and prayers. We are always open to new members.

Meetings currently take place by Zoom; please contact ChurchOffice@fprespa.org for the link.

September 21The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
October 19Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)
November 16Tokyo Story (1953)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
Director: Chiwetel Ejiofor

“The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” tells the true story of William Kamkwamba; the young Malawian genius who built a windmill entirely via DIY methods in the early 2000s, to save his family and village from drought and famine. The Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor’s skilled directorial debut is inspiring. He refuses to downplay the hardships that slowly and fatally fatigue Kamkwamba’s village and he directly addresses the threats to basic traditional values.



Living is Easy with Eyes Closed (2013)
Director: David Trueba
Spain’s official nomination for best foreign film for 2015 Academy Awards

Set in Spain in 1966, a high-school English/Latin teacher, Antonio, drives to Almeria in hopes of meeting his hero, John Lennon. Along the way, Antonio picks up two teenage runaways, each with a poignant story.  The movie title, Living is Easy With Eyes Closed, comes from a line in Lennon’s song Strawberry Fields Forever. This film is a Spanish road-trip comedy with subtexts as serious as a Spanish history lesson. The characters are delightful and moving.


Tokyo Story (1953)
Director: Yasujiro Ozu

A profoundly stirring evocation of elemental humanity and universal heartbreak, Tokyo Story is the crowning achievement of the unparalleled Yasujiro Ozu. The film, which follows an aging couple’s journey to visit their grown children in bustling postwar Tokyo, surveys the rich and complex world of family life with the director’s customary delicacy and incisive perspective on social mores.

Featuring lovely performances from Ozu regulars Chishu Ryu and Setsuko Hara, Tokyo Story plumbs and deepens the director’s recurring theme of generational conflict, creating what is without question one of the cinema’s mightiest masterpieces. It carries to the limit Ozu’s faith that everyday life, rendered tellingly, provides more than enough drama to engage us deeply.