|Sent on:||Friday, May 18, 2007 12:56 PM|
A special announcement from Martin Rady, Organizer of The Brisbane Atheists Meetup Group
The AFA just sent this out, I'll to find out how many of you are already on the AFA's mailing list so I don't double your emails!
Andrew Denton's God On My Side
ABC TV 9:30pm Monday, 21 May 2007
God On My Side is a film about faith and the places it can take people. Where it took Andrew Denton was to the 63rd National Religious Broadcasters' Convention in Dallas, Texas, in February 2006. More than 6,000 Christian communicators gathered there, at the Gaylord Convention Center, to discuss how best to spread the word of God in this new century, how to take advantage of opportunities presented by the explosion of new technologies and audiences.
By turns serious and comic and sometimes a little disturbing, it examines the cutting edge of evangelical technology, the business of God, the America of the religious right, and what the inescapable truths of the Bible mean for US foreign policy and the Middle East.
Seventy million Americans are born again Christians. A highly organised, politicised and motivated bloc, they provide more than 40 per cent of President Bush's vote. The NRB provides key access to this constituency. With 350 television and 750 radio stations among its members, and an estimated audience of 141 million Americans, the NRB knows it has a powerful voice in the States.
Its members not only speak to the heartland of President Bush's America, they are the heartland of President Bush's America. Denton wondered, what would this heartland look like up close? Who are these people? What were the journeys that brought them to faith?
With his trademark wit and empathy, Denton's idea was to avoid the clich?s, to stay away from the stereotypical, pulpit-pounding televangelists, and focus instead on the foot soldiers of Christianity, the everyday believers running booths on the exhibition floor or workshops in the surrounding rooms.
With an open mind and a determination to take people as he found them, his self-appointed brief was to allow his interviewees the respect and room to express themselves freely, to have their ideas and views heard.
Andrew Denton's first feature-length documentary, God On My Side is a subtle but powerful piece of filmmaking that will resonate with audiences in these increasingly religious times.
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