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Movie Review: Tim’s Vermeer

When I walked into the library, our usually calm librarian started to bubble.  “Remember that DVD you recommended, Tim’s Vermeer?  I just watched it!”  And then, for the next five minutes she flitted from one scene or concept to the next, exclaiming, explaining, commenting, and enjoying the memories. My teen daughters were not quite that […]

Review: Irreplaceable: What is Family?

Everyone knows something is wrong with the family these days.  But what? Tim Sisarich travelled all over the world to answer this question.  He spoke to experts, interviewed prisoners, ordinary parents, and many others, and shared his own story as he searched for an answer.  Irreplaceable, the resulting documentary, starts with the basic question, “What […]

Review: Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty

King John signed the Magna Carta 800 years ago. Many people, like my young teens, wonder, Who cares? Why would it matter to us? John Robson’s documentary, Magna Carta: Our Shared Legacy of Liberty answers this question with a whirlwind tour through history and a stirring call to action. From King Alfred’s neglected cakes and […]

Recommendation: The BBC Historical Farm Series

Now that the weather is getting colder and there’s an end in sight to tomatoes and cabbages decorating our house, my thoughts turn to the hands-on history of the BBC series, Edwardian Farm,  Victorian Farm, and Wartime Farm.  We watched them several years ago, and since then the girls have been re-watching them through illnesses, concussions, […]

The Drop Box, a Documentary about Life

A bell chimes and Pastor Lee Jong-rak hurries past shelves of baby supplies to the drop box at the front of his house.  He opens its door and finds yet another baby.  Carefully he carries it back to the warmth of the living quarters, unwraps it while volunteers and some of his children watch, and […]

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