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Arts Feature

November 2011

Restrepo

By Cory Ruf

Documentary reminds us that it’s not just life that’s risked when we wage war

Arts Feature

October 2011

Tommy Douglas

By Bill Blaikie

Biography reminds readers of the link between faith and politics

Arts Feature

October 2011

Bonhoeffer

By Eric Bacon

Book encompasses the life of a pastor, martyr, prophet and spy

Arts Feature

October 2011

Letters to My Daughters

By Brian Platt

Author charts her life as a female politician in Afghanistan

Arts Feature

October 2011

Rescuing Regina

By Debbie Cowling

Tale about a Congolese refugee shows the best and worst of human behaviour

Arts Feature

October 2011

Captivity

By Will Braun

Former hostage’s account is a journey into the ‘belly of paradox’

Arts Feature

September 2011

Hijacking the Holy Land

By Cory Ruf

Canadian production is yet another salvo in the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

September 2011

Lost in the Amazon

By Richard Wright

A fantastical pilgrimage is captured in this television documentary

Arts Feature

September 2011

To Forgive ... Divine

By Patricia Clarke

Documentarian asks if forgiveness is always possible

Arts Feature

September 2011

A Message from Space

By David Wilson

Scientists turn their eyes to the heavens in a new film

Arts Feature

September 2011

Rosh Hashanah

By Chelsea Temple Jones

Canadian documentary paints an unsentimental portrait of a Jewish holiday

Arts Feature

July 2011

In Heaven, Underground

By Patricia Clarke

Award-winning doc tells the story of Holocaust survivors and Europe’s largest active Jewish burial ground

Arts Feature

July 2011

I Am Jesus

By Trisha Elliott

Film portrays modern-day ‘messiahs’ without judging them

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Redemption of General Butt Naked

By Drew Halfnight

Former Liberian warlord turns to Christianity in this intimate portrait

Arts Feature

July 2011

The Hilltops

By Jim Cairney

Filmmakers look closely at Israel’s hilltop settlements and the people who occupy them

Arts Feature

July 2011

How to die in Oregon

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Festival favourite tells the stories of those choosing death with dignity

Arts Feature

June 2011

To the End of the Land

By David Wilson

Tragedy and hope underlie this narrative about the Middle East conflict

Arts Feature

June 2011

Censoring an Iranian Love Story

By Patricia Clarke

Author offers a satiric perspective on his country’s history, foibles and tyranny

Arts Feature

June 2011

Beirut39

By Caley Moore

Anthology features bold and impressive mix of young Arabic writers

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Hakawati

By Samantha Rideout

Middle eastern storytelling combines mythology and realism seamlessly

Arts Feature

June 2011

The Museum of Innocence

By Cory Ruf

Nobel Prize-winning author writes a love story set in his native Istanbul

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Future of Faith

By Trisha Elliott

New book tolls the death knell for Christianity, without lamenting

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Armageddon Factor

By Kenneth Bagnell

Canadian journalist warns of the rise of the country’s religious right

Arts Feature

April 2011

Absence of Mind

By Ambury Stuart

Pulitzer Prize-winning author moves readers beyond the platitudes of current debate

Arts Feature

April 2011

The Tenth Parallel

By

New book reveals how Muslims and Christians meet, clash and find peace around the globe

Arts Feature

April 2011

Christianity: The First Three Thousand Years

By Patricia Clarke

Oxford professor journeys through the turbulent history of the Christian church

Arts Feature

March 2011

Barney’s Version

By Richard Wright

Film adaption about a flawed Montrealer with dementia is an endearing delight

Arts Feature

March 2011

Faith, Fraud and Minimum Wage

By Christen Thomas

Dramedy focuses on an atheist coming-of-age on the east coast

Arts Feature

March 2011

Score: A Hockey Musical

By Patricia Ingold

Song-and-dance movie takes a shot at our national pastime

Arts Feature

March 2011

A Touch of Grey

By

Canadian film tries to tell the truth about middle age

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ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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