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What a Missionary Does In Africa

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Virginia Garner

Description:

"Documentary: Depicts experiences of a new missionary as he gains self-confidence in his work in the Belgian Congo where the people are suspicious and only slowly accept the mission." National Archives.


Light Shines in Bakubaland, The

Date produced: 1941

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Description:

"On an actual Protestant missionary who brought Christianity, education, and medical aid to an illiterate, pagan tribe in the Belgian Congo." National Archives.


Mission Achievements

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Description:

"On the Baptist Kimpese Mission Station, Republic of the Congo." National Archives.


Ngono and Her People

Date produced: 1938

Filmmaker(s):

Ray L. Garner

Description:

"About a 9-year-old African girl, found by Protestant missionaries in the French Cameroons and reared in a mission school, who later marries a native teacher and returns to help her village." National Archives.


Even In This Day and Age

Date produced: 1939

Filmmaker(s):

Kenneth F. Space

Description:

"On the challenge of social problems facing the nation's churches. Illustrates poverty, gambling, alcoholism, and drug abuse among teenagers and adults in New York City slum areas." National Archives.


Picados [Punctured]

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Eloy González Gavilán

Description:

El filme muestra una procesión católica en la que hombres cargan esculturas de la Virgen y Cristo cargando una cruz. Cientos de personas caminan con ellos, incluyendo unos cuantos hombres vestidos de blanco, con máscaras y la espalda descubierta, que caminan de espaldas mientras se auto-flagelan. Se muestran diversas imágenes de estos hombres golpeándose a sí mismos, gente caminando junto a las estatuas y un hombre con una máscara blanca y una túnica café que muestra una cruz en la espalda; este hombre en particular camina sin zapatos y con cadenas alrededor de sus pies. Casi al final del filme, los hombres vestidos de blanco van ante un sacerdote que pica sus espaldas con un pequeño instrumento hasta que sangran, para después continuar auto-flagelándose. La película termina con imágenes de la procesión aún avanzando.

The film shows a Catholic procession in which men carry sculptures of the Virgin and of Christ carrying a cross. Hundreds of people walk along with them, including a few men all dressed in white, with white masks and their backs uncovered, that walk backwards while they are self-flagellating. The film contains several images of this men beating themselves, people walking along with the statues and one man with a white mask and a brown gown with a cross on the back; this particular man walks without shoes and has chains around his feet. Almost at the end of the film, the men dressed in white go before a priest that punctures their backs with a small instrument until they bleed, afterwards, the continue to self-flagellate. The movie finishes with images of the procession still advancing.


Of Love and Service

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Glen H. Turner

Description:

"Black and white film documenting the life experiences of Lorena E. Washburn in Manti, Utah. Film highlights Lorena's years of service to her community, Church, and family." Church History Library.


Brigham’s House

Date produced: 1960

Filmmaker(s):

Glen H. Turner

Description:

"Color film featuring historic buildings in central and southern Utah. Most of the film is about Brigham Young's house in St. George, Utah. Film shows inside and outside features of the house." Church History Library.


Ah, verda’? [Ah, right?]

Date produced: 1973

Filmmaker(s):

Sergio García Michel

Description:

" Ah, verda'? planteaba una extraña combinación entre la militancia política y la contracultural. Jugaba con el ataque a los símbolos del orden nacional y estatal (la bomba en el Monumento a la Revolución y en el PRI, los judiciales persecutores), la crítica a la sociedad de consumo representada por la huida de la pareja de jóvenes entre los espectaculares, la liberación sexual (la combi zarandeada porque dentro hacen el amor, o la urgente calentura de los monjes una vez que han probado el LSD y cruzado las puertas de la percepción), y la representación de la fantasía jipiteca de que el mundo sería más alivianado si todos probaran las drogas duras" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012).

" Ah, verda' [Ah, right?] was a strange combination between political and countercultural militancy. It played with the attack to symbols of state and national order (a bomb in the Monument to the Revolution and in PRI offices [Revolutionary Institutional Party], the chasing police men), a critique to a consumer society represented by a young couple running away in between billboards, the sexual liberation (a truck shaken because someone is making love inside, the sex desire of monks once they have tried LSD and crossed the gates of perception), and the representation of the mexican hippies' fantasy in which the world would be cooler if everyone tried hard drugs" (Vázquez Mantecón, 2012).


Cura Alavés, Un [An Alaves Priest]

Date produced: 1975

Filmmaker(s):

José Ramón Aguirrezabal

Description:

Un cura preocupado de que una pareja viva en el mismo hogar sin estar casados, pide un milagro. Reza para que alguien en la pareja se enferme a fin de que valoren la vida y entiendan la necesidad de seguir los preceptos de su religión.

A priest concerned with a couple living together without being married, asks for a miracle. He prays for someone in the couple to become ill so that they will value life and the need to follow the precepts of religion.


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