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Cafe Inquiry's Skeptic SINema Series -- Contradiction: The Movie

  • Oct 30, 2013 · 7:00 PM
  • CFI-LA

Contradiction: The Movie

as part of Cafe Inquiry's Skeptic SINema Series

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

Join us for popcorn and a FREE MOVIE in the Steve Allen Theater! For the next several months, Cafe Inquiry will be your host for major motion pictures with a secular, skeptical, or topical bent, followed by discussion.

Contradiction: The Movie

Contradiction: The Movie
as part of Cafe Inquiry's Skeptic SINema Series

This month, the Center will host the L.A. premiere of an independent and controversial documentary currently on national tour called Contradiction: The Movie, which explores the role and validity of the Black church in a modern society and the controversies surrounding the importance of religion in Black communities.

Jeremiah Camara

The documentary’s producer and director, Jeremiah Camara, who will introduce his film and participate in a Q&A afterwards, traveled the country examining the paradox of black neighborhoods saturated with churches while plagued with violence and poverty. The film questions the existence and importance of the black church, particularly in impoverished communities through a mix of cultural storytelling and journalism. Camara expects to begin a dialogue about the role of the black church – a topic that has previously been considered taboo.

“There was a time where the only place that Blacks could turn to was the institution of the church,” he says. “However, it was not the inherent properties of religion that helped Blacks gain various ground in America but the church’s ability to unite people in fighting for a common cause, such as the civil rights movement.”

An author, international speaker, activist, mini-movie and documentary filmmaker, Camara is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress?and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks & Blind Belief. Camara received national attention during his appearances on the Michael Baisden Show. He also is the creator of the acclaimed video series “Slave Sermons,” which addresses the perils of religious intoxication and the harmful consequences of being theologically conditioned to rely upon supernaturalism and divine intervention in dealing with critical issues. 

Running time: 94 mins.

Intro, film screening 7:30 – 9:30
Discussion: 9:30 – 10:15

Cafe Inquiry is our monthly casual get-together where you can have a coffee and chat with other people on various topics of science and religion. A guest speaker opens the discussion with a brief intro to the subject and then the floor is open in the theater lobby. On film nights, the theater will be used. All are welcome!


Free admission • Plenty of parking • Bookstore open
Donations to help keep this program running are much appreciated.

Held in the Steve Allen Theater & lobby at CFI-L.A.

(No Host Event -- CFI events and lectures are posted here just to let you know they are happening -- but you definitely may see other Meetup members there, so check the RSVP list before you come if you want to keep an eye out for familiar faces!)


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  • Gary H

    One of the best most informative, and most importantly the most provocative evenings of Cafe Inquiry. I hope Jeremiah Camara and his comrades will come again and visit us soon and often. - Gary Jeremiah Camara ( Manila 2012 ) black atheist, producer and director of Contradiction:the movie.
    The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society
    Published on Apr 25, 2012

    Jeremiah Camara, who was once a member of the largest black churches in Ohio, speaks to Filipinos about the perils of supernaturalism and blind belief and how African-Americans have been theologically conditioned to rely on divine intervention to solve their problems
    Jeremiah Camara is the author of the books Holy Lockdown: Does the Church Limit Black Progress? and The New Doubting Thomas: The Bible, Black Folks, and Blind Belief.


    October 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great, very informative.

    October 30, 2013

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