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Christianity Today Features The Crossing and the True/False Film Fest

imagesWhy would a church become a major sponsor of a documentary film festival?

An excellent write-up by Alissa Wilkinson in this month’s issue of Christianity Today helps to demonstrate a few of the important reasons why The Crossing has been happy to partner with the True/False Film Fest for the last several years.

For those not familiar, True/False screens many of the best documentary films from all around the world each year. Not only has the Fest become a highlight of Columbia’s cultural calendar, but it’s also earned a great reputation in the larger film community in the process. Wilkinson, one of CT’s primary film critics, attended this year’s Fest and sat down for a joint interview with The Crossing’s Dave Cover and True/False co-director David Wilson.

The entire article (which also details significant Christian engagement at the Sundance Film Festival) is worth a read, but one quote in particular stuck out to me:

Songs and Scenes: March 6, 2016

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Songs and Scenes is a weekly blog review of songs, readings and prayers featured in The Crossing’s Sunday morning liturgy. This week, we were fortunate to have as our special guests, Rokhsareh Ghaemmaghami and Sonita Alizadeh, the director and the star of of the True/False dlcuilm Sonita. You can take a look at Dave Cover’s interview with them in the video below. This week’s liturgy recap features photos by Shoshanna Herndon.

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Dave Cover interviews the director and the star of of the True/False Film Sonita

Thoughts From the 2015 T/F Film Fest

One of the qualities of a good film, whether fiction or documentary, is it’s ability to reflect something of reality—of the world and experiences we all inhabit. And after thinking through the documentaries I was able to catch Columbia’s own True/False Film Fest over the last few days, I’m struck by a couple of common threads that wound their way through much of what I saw.

First, Christian theologians have often made much of the fact that human beings are, fundamentally speaking, worshippers. That is, we have to give our lives to something: if not God, then something or someone else. This reality was on display in some form in every film I attended.

Second, most everyone who has ever looked in a mirror has recognized that humanity is a flawed enterprise. Each one of us in falls short of the best we have to offer, and we do so in ways that range from mundane to astonishing, from humorous to tragic. Again, film after film illustrated the point.

To flesh these things out a bit more, I thought I’d include a few more specific thoughts about a handful of the films (listed in alphabetical order) I was able to see: