Promised Land

Sir Ian McKellen and George Takei have already voiced support for the incredible project.
Passover is a particularly charged holiday for our community, as we retell one of the greatest stories of workers collectively
Don't turn away from the sunshine, from the opportunities and possibilities that are in front of you. Don't let change scare you. Don't let your comfort zone, your safety net, your secure spot, keep you from greatness. Let go of the familiar and embrace the freedom of change.
The spring holidays are such a time of preparation. Though Passover is still several weeks away, many Jews are cleaning their houses of the forbidden chametz--grains and leavened breads considered unkosher for the duration of the holiday.
Ever since I got into travel writing, I've been told to read the works of Joseph Conrad, Jack Kerouac, Edward Abbey, Bruce Chatwin, Paul Theroux, William Dalrymple, Bill Bryson, and other white men. While I learned a lot from their stories, I was also repeatedly left with questions about misogyny and racial insensitivity.
In that area, we are looking right down the barrel of a loaded gun. The most recent formal projections by the CDC indicate
Be understanding and compassionate -- your people are in pain and they will criticize you, question you, berate you, and perhaps even revile you. Forgive them. Love them and care for them - they need good care and feeding on their arduous journey.
Being a change leader is a tall order. People love the soaring rhetoric with which he outlines his vision of a better life. We trust that he has the right stuff to do the job. We want to believe that he'll deliver on his promises. And above all, we want him to be all things to all people.
Cinematic clichés aside, why would someone give up a cushy job, shiny leased car and high rise condo in one of the most vibrant
How would you spend the last day of your life? It's a question that many people ponder. Would you focus on your family and loved ones? Live out your most outrageous fantasy? Spend all your money and buy extravagant gifts?
It used to feel naive to talk openly about your actions to mitigate climate change. "It's all meaningless" would be the response. Watch now as the questions change from "What can be done?" to "What is being done... and what are you doing?"
Both traditions use prayer, gathering of family, and special foods to celebrate the miraculous providence of God to sustain a struggling community in a context of colonial oppression. Reflecting on how they differ may also help us overcome the ugly connotations of Thanksgiving.
The testimony of the Jewish people throughout their scriptures and history and in this season of Hanukkah reminds me, just as God told Moses in the wilderness, to stop crying and start moving forward in spite of moments of doubt, trusting in the continued light of God's presence.
The 63rd International Filmfestspiele Berlin delivered the marriage of the personal/universal with flashes of outright genius in films of remarkable emotional depth, variety and originality.
Earlier this month, researchers from the University of Colorado in Boulder released findings that oil and natural gas wells
'I WOULD DEFINITELY DO IT AGAIN' Fracking has helped bring renewed economic momentum to places where it's in use, including
Fracking has received the full Hollywood treatment with Promised Land, a film starring and co-written by Matt Damon, one of Hollywood's biggest and most respected stars. But is Damon's name enough to convince people to see a movie revolving around natural gas drilling?
Promised Land gets the deeper issue right, the harder truth: for the landowners approached by gas companies and the people in "gasland" there's not really a choice, there's just an illusion of choice.
It might be time to apologize for all those Ben Affleck jokes, because in the nearly 15 years since Matt Damon and Affleck took the Oscar podium for 'Good Will Hunting,' only one of them has become a successful writer/director -- and it's not Damon. How do you like them apples, indeed.