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The Russian Five - Russian Players Join the Detroit Red Wings
In the late 1980s, the Detroit Red Wings hockey team was a laughing stock, often called the "Dead Wings". After a wealthy pizza magnate bought the failing franchise, he appointed an unorthodox General Manager to build a championship team. Throwing…
Cropsey - The Truth Behind a Terrifying Urban Legend
Realizing the urban legend of their youth has actually come true; two filmmakers delve into the mystery surrounding five missing children and the real-life boogeyman linked to their disappearances. Official Selection at the Tribeca Film Festival and Fantastic Fest .…
Tale of Two Systems - Capitalism, Socialism and World Resources
This documentary analyzes the issues involved in the acquisition and usage of raw materials in our market oriented society and its role in causing environmental destruction and war. It contrasts market oriented economic activity with socialist approach practiced by the…
Rebirth
A riveting journey into living history, an act of personal witness to one of the most profound events in American history and the healing that has come in its wake. REBIRTH follows the nearly ten-year transformation of five people whose…
The Last of the Unjust - The Life of WWII Jewish Leader Benjamin Murmelstein
In Rome in 1975, Claude Lanzmann filmed a series of interviews with Benjamin Murmelstein, the last President of the Jewish Council in the Theresienstadt ghetto in Czechoslovakia, the only "Elder of the Jews" not to have been killed during the…
Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood - The Secret Lives of Classic Hollywood Stars
The deliciously scandalous story of Scotty Bowers, a handsome ex-Marine who landed in Hollywood after World War II and became confidante, aide-de-camp and lover to many of Hollywood's greatest stars. In the 1940s and '50s, Scotty ran a gas station…
Theater Work - Behind the Scenes of a German Theater Company
From May to October 1974, Peter Voigt filmed at the Berliner Ensemble (BE) during the 25th anniversary of the theater's founding. Voigt, a member of the BE himself in the 1950s, interviewed theater technicians who had been part of the…
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Revival and Repression in Korea
Episode 35 of The History of Christianity II
After the United States and Brazil, South Korea sends more missionaries into the world than any other country. Find out how Christianity became such a thriving faith in this relatively small nation - while fellow believers to the north suffer…
The Challenge of 21st-Century Christianity
Episode 36 of The History of Christianity II
In this final lecture, consider three challenges for Christians in the 21st century: their encounters with the world of Islam, their attitude toward global capitalism, and their reaction to the forces of secularization. Discover how understanding the past 500 years…
Culture Wars and the Christian Right
Episode 31 of The History of Christianity II
Along with secularization and changes in Christian faith and practice, the second half of the 20th century also witnessed the eruption of today's "culture wars" - the clash between traditional religious morality and secular pluralism. Explore this tension in American…
Liberation Theologies in Latin America
Episode 32 of The History of Christianity II
Revisit Latin America to examine the role of Protestant missionaries and their rivalry with the established Catholic Church. After surveying politics and culture in Latin America over the past century, you'll see how Catholic leaders responded to evolving societies. The…
Prophetic Religion in Modern Africa
Episode 33 of The History of Christianity II
Christianity today is a truly global religion. Even as church attendance declines in America and Western Europe, Christianity is growing rapidly around the world. Here, Professor Worthen reviews the explosion of controversial revival movements in Africa, as well as the…
Chinese Christianity: Missionaries to Mao
Episode 34 of The History of Christianity II
Continue your study of contemporary global Christianity. In China, the rise of Christianity has met with an uneasy mix of enthusiasm and suspicion. After reviewing early Christian contact with China, Professor Worthen traces 19th and 20th century missions, delves into…
Vatican II and Global Renewal
Episode 28 of The History of Christianity II
In 1962, thousands of bishops gathered in Rome to convene the Second Vatican Council. Here, they debated how the church should respond to the challenges of modernity. Explore the high drama of these debates and see how Catholic reforms in…
Secularism and the Death of God
Episode 29 of The History of Christianity II
For Western Christians, the 20th century seemed to bring growing secularization. Professor Worthen unpacks this term and places it in the historical context of the 1950s and 1960s. See how religion has increasingly become a private business, one worldview among…
The Gospel and Global Civil Rights
Episode 30 of The History of Christianity II
One theme we've seen again and again is the morally complex role of churches in social change. Here, you'll reflect on the stories of the American civil rights movement and the South African battle over apartheid to explore the ambivalent…
The Church and the Russian Revolution
Episode 25 of The History of Christianity II
The Russian Revolution of 1917 is arguably the single most cataclysmic event in the history of religion in the 20th century. After surveying the landscape of religion in Russia in the early 20th century, including the various Christian minorities, take…
The Rival Gods of the Cold War
Episode 26 of The History of Christianity II
Continue your exploration of Soviet religious persecution and consider life behind the Iron Curtain. In this lecture, you will see how Khrushchev and Brezhnev continued Stalin-era pro-atheist policies. Then turn to the persistence of the Catholic Church in Eastern Europe…
Rebellion and Reform in Latin America
Episode 27 of The History of Christianity II
Trace the history of religion in Latin America from the 18th century through today. After reviewing the history of colonialism and revolution, you will reflect on the relationship between the church and liberation theology in Mexico, Argentina, and elsewhere. See…
The Social Gospel
Episode 22 of The History of Christianity II
In the 19th century, Christians debated whether to focus on saving souls, or to try to save society first. Here, learn about Protestant activists in Britain and North America who preached the "Social Gospel," a mission to help the poor,…