My latest article for Christ and Pop Culture, titled “Why Christians Should Care About Foreign Films,” is now available, and just in time for the start of the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Just as food from other cultures can enrich and deepen our palate by exposing us to new ingredients and recipes, films from other cultures can enrich and deepen our understanding and compassion by granting us glimpses of reality from the perspectives of individuals in cultures far removed from ours. Or, to put it another way, film helps us actually see the Imago Dei — the image of God — in immersive and affecting ways.
This is actually a two-part article. I’ll be posting the second part, which includes a list of recommended foreign films for Christians to check out, some time next week.