Based on the book (which we also recommend) with the same name Beating Guns centers on RAW tools founder Michael Martin and activist Shane Claiborne and their 2018 protest that attempted to deliver a garden tool to Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey in hopes of him supporting legislation to ban assault rifles.
Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence narrates the personal stories of trauma physicians, police, and shooting survivors of all ages, genders, and races as they grapple with the effects of gun violence from the West Coast to the East Coast.
One is a minister and one is a mother. Both are Christians. The Armor of Light chronicles the journey of pastor Rob Schenck and mother Lucy McBath from being silent about gun violence to devoting their lives to talking about gun violence within and outside of the church.
91% of Americans support universal background checks on all gun sales, so why did a 2013 bipartisan bill with presidential support fail in the U.S. Senate? How come universal background check bills in 2015 and 2016 failed as well? 91% examines the influence and tactics the NRA uses in American politics to block universal background check measures and other gun reform laws.
While The Pilgrims won't win any awards for being the most exciting documentary (this was directed by Ric Burns, the younger brother of Ken Burns), it excels at showing the context that caused the Pilgrims to make the radical decision to cross the Atlantic Ocean with little chance of surviving. In two hours, the film traces the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving England and then Holland, the excruciating passage on the Mayflower, surviving in New England (and the context they arrived in), and how the Pilgrims established a foothold in the New World that changed the balance of power forever.
On average police officers in academies across the United States spend 60 hours learning how to shoot a gun while spending just eight hours on mental health and communication - Ernie Stevens and Joe Smarro want to change that. Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops provides an intimate look at the partners and best friends as they respond to mental health calls for the San Antonio Police Department's Mental Health Unit, provide training to their fellow policemen, and navigate everyday life.
At first glance LA 92 is a history lesson about the Los Angeles violence in 1992 following the Rodney King verdict, but just below the surface is a warning and a call for Americans to wake up. For hundreds of years Black people and people of color have complained about police brutality and, unfortunately, most of the time white people have ignored or dismissed the calls for help or justice. This indifference and callousness combined with other issues such as high unemployment, underfunded schools, and aggressive policing tactics has led to frustration which manifests itself in violence.
Occasionally you think a documentary is going to be about one thing, but it completely surprises you. Sometimes that is good thing and sometimes it completely fails. In the case of J.E.S.U.S.A. it is the former. While the trailer, the marketing material, and the first 13 minutes of the film all point to exploring the conflation of American nationalism and Christianity the core question that the film truly attempts to answer is whether Christians should engage or abstain from violence.
Knitting his personal family's history with the establishment of the Equal Justice Initiative and the history of slavery and segregation Bryan Stevenson makes a strong case that America - its people and its institutions - need to learn and recognize the legacy of lynching, segregation and slavery and it's far reaching effects to move towards reconciliation.
From activists to local board members to pastors to state senators For the Love tells the story of what it can mean to be a Christian and be involved with politics. The interviewees know that the political process can be messy, but Christians acting distinctly and getting involved, especially at the local level, is one of the best and often overlooked ways to love our neighbors. This is a highly recommended resource and a great starting point on your learning journey.