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Encounter.Cinema Divina: Sophie Scholl

120 min, German with English subtitles.

Based on Noble Treason book, describing White Rose resistance movement. 

Ignatius Press intro:  In 1943, a group of college students mount an underground resistance movement in Munich dedicated to the downfall of the monolithic Third Reich war machine. One of its few female members, Sophie Scholl is captured during a dangerous mission. Her cross-examination by the Gestapo quickly escalates into a searing test of wills as Scholl delivers a passionate call to freedom and personal responsibility that is both haunting and timeless. 

Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film.
This movie is Not Rated in the USA. IMDb Parents GuideDecent Films rating: teens and up. CNS review

“Sophie Scholl is one of a very few films that accomplishes one of the rarest and most valuable of cinematic achievements: It makes heroic goodness not just admirable, but attractive and interesting.” 
—Steven GreydanusNational Catholic Register

6:05 pm - short historical intro

6:10 pm - the movie

8:10 pm - exchanging reflections based on Cinema Divina guidelines:

Cinema Divina is Lectio Divina experience in film. Daughters of St. Paul developed this helpful outline for "deep viewing":

1. Be attentive. Pay attention to what’s happening outside of you, as well as inside of you as you interact with media (radio, music videos, etc.) What do I see? What do I hear? What do I feel—what attractions, repulsions, inspirations? What emotions are stirred in me? Why? What character(s) do I relate with most? Least? Tell Jesus about these things.  Allow Him to look with you at all the positive and negative things you see, inside and out.

2. Be intelligent. What do I think about what I have just seen, heard, felt? Try to articulate the philosophies present or the underlying assumptions and values.  What do I think about the characters, personalities, choices, behavior, etc.? About the plot? What bits of information or new insights have I received? Ask the Holy Spirit to give you Knowledge and Wisdom to see things clearly and understand them more deeply.

3. Be reflective. Ponder with God what you have seen, heard, read, felt. Allow questions to surface. Wonder about the things that still don’t make sense. Take time to marvel and appreciate the things that seemed good and true and beautiful. Has it faithfully reflected the reality it attempted to portray? What good did I find in it? And in what way was it good? (artistically, intellectually, emotively, morally, socially, scientifically, etc.) What was bad? What values and nonvalues did I find? How do they compare with the values taught in the Bible and in my Catholic Faith? Has this program, song, article, etc., changed my way of looking at things? Has it broadened my understanding and my imagination? Has it raised new questions in me? Has it made me more sensitive to others’ needs and sufferings? Has it made me less sensitive?

4. Be responsible. What will my response be? What change in my own life might God be calling me to through this song, movie, article, etc.? In what way might God be inviting me to live more fully human (rational, free, loving)? How might He be inviting me to love and serve Him and my fellow human beings more selflessly?

Earlier Event: January 21
March for Life
Later Event: January 26
Encounter. Sophia