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Book Review. S. Brent Plate, Religion and Film (Book chapter)

Book title: Science-Fiction Movies and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741001031 Year: Volume: 6/1 Pages: 155-158 DOI: 10.25364/05.06:2020.1.2 Language: english
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Book Review. Mathew P. John, Film as Cultural Artifact (Book chapter)

Book title: Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 136-138 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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Book Review: Wendy I. Zierler, Movies and Midrash. Popular Film and Jewish Religious Conversation. Foreword by Eugene B. Borowitz. Albany: State University of New York, 2017, xiii + 309 pp., ISBN 978-1-4384-6615-6. (Book chapter)

Book title: Trauma, Memory and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000683 Year: Volume: 4/1 Pages: 107-109 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2018.1.1 Language: english
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Editorial: In Search of the Human. The Work of the Dardenne Brothers (Book chapter)

Book title: In Search of the Human. The Work of the Dardenne Brothers

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000515 Year: Volume: 2/2 Pages: 9-14 Language: english
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Editorial to Issue 2016, 2/2

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Visionary Critique: Gender, Self and Relationship in Rosetta and Two Days, One Night (Book chapter)

Book title: In Search of the Human. The Work of the Dardenne Brothers

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000515 Year: Volume: 2/2 Pages: 45-66 Language: english
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The films of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne stand out for their complex, multi-dimensional female and male characters whose representation disrupts gender stereotypes in numerous ways, both in how the characters themselves are depicted and how they are shown to relate to other individuals and their social context. In this contribution, I will explore the themes of self, relationship, solidarity, family and work – all of them recurring issues in the films by the Dardennes – using gender as my primary category of analysis, and focusing in particular on the treatment of these themes in Rosetta (Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, FR/BE 1999) and Deux jours, une nuit (Two Days, One Night, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, BE/FR/IT 2014). I will argue that whereas Rosetta offers a critique of the damaging effects of the masculinized capitalist system on individuals and their relationships, Two Days, One Night can be understood as a vision of alternative possibilities of solidarity and women’s empowerment and agency even within the persistent context of masculinized capitalism.

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Book Review: John C. Lyden/Eric Michael Mazur (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Religion and Popular Culture. London/New York: Routledge, 2015, xvii + 583 pp., ISBN 978-0-415-63866-1 (Book chapter)

Book title: In Search of the Human. The Work of the Dardenne Brothers

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000515 Year: Volume: 2/2 Pages: 143-148 Language: english
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In Search of the Human. The Work of the Dardenne Brothers

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000515 Year: Volume: 2/2 Pages: 166 Language: english
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Subject: Religion --- Visual Arts --- Anthropology
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Close-ups of human faces and hands, shots that are anchored around human individuals, with landscapes or cityscapes only present in so far as they represent the environment in which these individuals live and act, a camera that moves and breathes with human bodies, scenes defined by the actions and interactions of the characters, narratives of human despair and resilience, broken relationships and offers of trust – without wanting to delimit the multifaceted oeuvre of Belgian filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, these prominent aesthetic and narrative elements of their films underline one central theme across their work, the search for the human. What is the human being? What are the conditions that hinder or promote human flourishing? How can human beings exist in an industrialized, technicized society? How can they maintain their humanity under dehumanizing conditions? These questions are not explicitly religious, let alone specific to Christianity, and they are treated in the films of the Dardennes without direct reference to religious traditions and their bids to make sense of human existence.

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Science-Fiction Movies and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741001031 Year: Volume: 6/1 Pages: 181 DOI: 10.25364/05.06:2020.1.2 Language: english
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Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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In science fiction films, we explore remote universes and use yet unknown technologies – the world as we know it is left behind. But although the technical devices in these films are impressive and the science advances in huge steps, the protagonists still search for a superior entity, for the main creator, for a god, for a lost paradise… The human quest for knowledge and for the unknown does not end, and the questions remain the same: What is humankind in relation to the undiscovered universe? Are we, in the near future, able to unravel all the mysteries that have always been tantalizing scientists and religious seekers? What ethical challenges might this progress bring? Will we become gods, “creating” humans by writing genetic codes using synthetic biology? The Interactions between science fiction and religion are manyfold and amazing …

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Understanding Jesus in the Early Modern Period and Beyond. Across Text and Other Media

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000898 Year: Volume: 5/1 Pages: 153 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2019.1.1 Language: english
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Subject: Visual Arts --- Religion
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This thematic issue seeks to provide a more nuanced and more complicated history of how historical narratives about the life of Jesus were produced and circulated in European culture. The focus on media is one of the most innovative ways to provide such an involved history, pointing to the cultural history of scholarship and the many ways in which societies produce historical representations of theological themes.

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Trauma, Memory and Religion

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Book Series: Journal for Religion, Film and Media ISSN: 2414-0201 ISBN: 9783741000683 Year: Volume: 4/1 Pages: 125 DOI: 10.25364/05.4:2018.1.1 Language: english
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Subject: Religion --- Visual Arts
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How can we screen trauma? This question might lead the perception of documentary films about atrocities in the 20th and 21st centuries, like S21 THE KHMER ROUGE KILLING MACHINE (Rithy Panh, CAMB/FR 2003) about Cambodia, THE LOOK OF SILENCE (Joshua Oppenheimer, ID/DK 2014) about Indonesia or DAS RADIKAL BÖSE (Stefan Ruzowitzky, AT 2013) about Nazi-Europe. A concern that may emerge as we watch films on atrocities is whether these artistic representations perhaps guide the public away from what “really happened”. There certainly is a huge gap between, on the one hand, the immediate experience of the event that lies behind the interpretative screening and, on the other hand, watching the director’s material while neither being a part nor ever having been part of the event. Yet often filmic representations are not intended to show what happened; instead they present case studies to be explored in the present. Often the films contain an inherent critique of genocidal violence and present humanistic perspectives on obedience. Mostly, these films underline the humanity of the victims, seeking to give names, faces and biographies so that they are much more than just numbers. What appears on the screen therefore challenges the audience with a moral question: what would you do?

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