Sunday, January 06, 2013
Not much of an entry here....I just thought that I'd suggest a few films I've seen.
The first is called The Singing Revolution. Here is IMDB's summary of the documentary:
"Most people don't think about singing when they think about revolutions. But song was the weapon of choice when, between 1986 and 1991, Estonians sought to free themselves from decades of Soviet occupation. During those years, hundreds of thousands gathered in public to sing forbidden patriotic songs and to rally for independence. "The young people, without any political party, and without any politicians, just came together ... not only tens of thousands but hundreds of thousands ... to gather and to sing and to give this nation a new spirit," remarks Mart Laar, a Singing Revolution leader featured in the film and the first post-Soviet Prime Minister of Estonia. "This was the idea of the Singing Revolution." James Tusty and Maureen Castle Tusty's "The Singing Revolution" tells the moving story of how the Estonian people peacefully regained their freedom--and helped topple an empire along the way"
"Using smuggled footage, this documentary tells the story of the 2007 protests in Burma by thousands of monks."
Personally, I don't believe in Buddhism or passively think that it could be right. I don't. However, I do believe that God opposes oppression and abuse for all people, even non-believers. This is a story about their struggles against an oppressive military regime and their desire for democratic rule.
"The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador. "
I can't say that I agree with the Archbishop's acceptance of liberation theology but again I reiterate the belief that God disapproves of abuse particularly of those in positions of authority as was the case concerning the Salvadoran government.
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