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The theme for Advent and Christmas this year focuses on the power of music in our lives and the history of humanity. Singing together has always been a way that communities have felt connected. We have been experiencing the loss of not making music together as a church during this difficult time. The films in this series were chosen because they tell powerful stories of people who were uplifted by music in very challenging situations. Some are historic and some are current. All are relevant to the times in which we live. 

Through 3 sessions this Advent, we will journey through an amazing collection of films which will be referenced in our advent sermon series. The videos are accessible either for rent or purchase on Amazon Prime Video or on YouTube, with the links provided. We will meet on Zoom every Wednesday night at 7PM on December 2nd, 9th and 16th. We encourage everyone to watch the films prior to the discussion time. 


Week 1: December 2nd:  Defiant Requiem is “how a rare form of courage, hope and survival sparked a unique method of fighting Nazi oppression” 

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Click to watch the entire movie here:

(Included in Amazon prime video subscriptions)


Week 2: December 9th: Girls on the Wall: “A group of incarcerated girls get a last shot at redemption when they take the chance to create a prison musical, based on their lives and crimes. An Emmy Winning true story.” (Please be advised that this film has strong language. We encourage you to not dismiss it too soon but to embrace the language as an act of deeper love and listening for greater understanding.)

Click to watch the entire movie here (Rent for $1.99 on Amazon Prime Video)

You can also check out the Behind the Scenes clip on YouTube. 


Week 3: December 16th: Following the Ninth: “Documentary follows the impact of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony on people's lives around the world.”You can watch the film in its entirety on the director’s YouTube channel


To sign up to attend of the Zoom Film Festival discussion group, please click here. 

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