Fill the Night with Music and Light Advent/Christmas Film Festival
This year during Advent we are celebrating the power music in difficult times. Each of these five documentaries shows how a work of music changed people’s lives in the hardships they had to face in their own settings. You have the opportunity if you wish, to join a ZOOM discussion online with Rev. Maggie to talk about them. You can find a self-guided reflection by clicking here (Film Festival Individual Reflection)
Below you’ll find the movie information, where to find them online, and when discussions are held. Please view the movie before the discussion night. Let yourself be inspired and moved whether you watch them all or only a few.
Please note that these films are not suited for young children because they depict some very disturbing times in history or difficult lives. The. Worship Design Studio has also created a Family Film Festival using favorite family Christmas movies (Charlie Brown's Christmas, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Muppets Christmas Carol) with discussion questions following the themes of the week. Follow the link below to find a PDF of discussion questions and prayers to accompany the films.
Nov. 29 – Dec. 1 Watch Defiant Requiem
Survivors of Terezin Prison Camp prepare to sing the most difficult piece of music ever written to their captors, the Nazis. Included with Amazon Prime Video.
Discussion online: December 2 at 6:30 pm.
Dec. 6-9 Watch Girls on the Wall
A drama teacher begins a program for teenage girls in prison with felony charges to talk about their lives so they can write their own musical for their loved ones to understand how they feel. Rent $1.99 from Amazon Prime Video.
Be advised that Girls on the Wall has some very strong language. We encourage you to embrace the language as an act of deeper love and listening for greater understanding. Don’t dismiss it too soon. Not for children, however.
Discussion online: Dec. 9th at 6:30 pm.
Dec. 13-16 Watch Following the Ninth
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony has inspired people working for change all over the world. See and hear what this music has meant to so many people. Available on YouTube for free:
Discussion online: Dec. 16 at 6:30 pm
Dec. 20-22 Watch Sweet Honey in the Rock: Raise Your Voice!
Five African American women sing solely a cappela while their music evokes stories from the past, encourages introspection in the present, and inspires progress for the future. Rent the video for $1.99 on Amazon Video.
Discussion online: Dec. 22nd at 6:30 pm.
Dec. 27- 30th Watch The Singing Revolution
The Singing Revolution documents how the Estonian people regained their freedom and helped topple the Soviet Union. Their weapon of choice? Singing!
Rent the video for $3.99 on Vimeo on Demand or rent it for $3.99 on Amazon Prime Video.
Discussion online: Dec. 30th at 6:30 pm.
All discussions will be on ZOOM at the following link.
To join via land dial by your location and enter the meeting ID
+1 669 900 9128 US Meeting ID: 856 1774 4768
Fill the Night with Music and Light Family Film Festival
A Note from Mark Burrows(creator of the family series)
When Marcia mentioned to me that she would be recommending a different inspiring documentary film for each week in Advent, my mind immediately went to – Why not create a Christmas Film Festival utilizing classic Christmas movies and specials? In the Burrows home, there are four of us with four very distinct movie tastes. But we all love to sit as a family and put on a Christmas movie!
While the movies included are secular, each one does a wonderful job of embodying one of the core themes - Hope, Love, Joy, Peace, and Believe (faith).
And I love equipping children with ways to go beyond the walls of the church building to find the message of God’s love in the everyday, including Christmas movies.
The movies selected are:
A Charlie Brown Christmas – Hope
How the Grinch Stole Christmas (animated version) – Love Frosty the Snowman – Joy
The Muppet Christmas Carol – Peace
The Polar Express – Believe
Click HERE for the PDF of films with discussion questions and prayer suggestions