Bible Under Fire
For more than three hundred years, the King James Version of the Bible had been dominant. Then, in 1952, a Revised Standard Version (RSV) was published to a firestorm of controversy. Some dubbed it the "Red Bible" and called it a Communist plot to undermine American society. At the same time, the RSV broke sales records.
This film tells the story of the RSV against the backdrop of American history, both secular and sacred. It was the first to incorporate the discoveries of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the first distinctly American Bible to be a success and the first to be successfully promoted by an advertising agency. The goal of the translators, the newly-formed National Council of Churches, was to create a standard Bible for modern times that would unify Christians, be easier to read, and be more faithful to the original texts. The most controversial passage in the RSV -- the description of Mary as "a young woman" (true to the Hebrew of the Dead Sea Scrolls) in Isaiah 7:14, replacing the King James Version of Mary as "a virgin," led many in the evangelical Christian community to interpret that change as a denial of the divinity of Christ.
The RSV opened the floodgates for the many competing translations that have followed as American culture demanded that issues of gender, race and language be addressed. Appearing in the film are such biblical scholars and members of the translation team as Paul Minnear, Bruce Metzger and Katherine Sakenfeld. Ambassador Andrew Young, Prof. George Lindbeck, Yale University and Peter Thuesen, author and historian also appear.
Narrated by Mary Alice Williams.
"If there ever was a test for not letting fear hold you back, that was mine!"
American Swan in Paris is a love letter to Paris and to dance. It features the charming Kathleen Thielhelm from Wisconsin, nine years a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet in Chicago, and a recent addition to the Bejart Ballet Lausanne. Shortly after her arrival, the company is scheduled perform at the Palais Garnier in Paris, and excitement and tension take over.
As the company rehearses Kathleen, whose emotions are transparent, is successively awed, frustrated, and delirious with excitement. Upon their arrival in Paris, the dancers are awestruck by the city and their new performance venue.
Adding to her tension, Kathleen is called at the last minute to perform on opening night, substituting for a dancer who has fallen ill. In the grandeur of the opera house, the graceful girl from Wisconsin does her country proud.
In Cleveland, where only 1 in 20 African American males graduates from high school, a new charter middle school, E Prep, is one of a wave of organizations championing the "old school" values of hard work, discipline, and respect for authority.
Here viewers meet Tyree, a charismatic but troubled 12-year-old, who struggles with his sexual identity. Endowed with a quick mind and vivid imagination, he is also plagued with a temper that leads to outbursts of anger and clashes with his teachers. His mother's initial enthusiasm for the school vanishes as their complaints about his behavior mount.
After transferring to chaotic and undisciplined public school and finding little success there, Tyree is readmitted to E Prep, but has trouble focusing and is victimized because fellow students suspect he is gay. Despite graduating eighth grade, Tyree's life remains in limbo as he begins to attend a low performing high school. This award-winning film asks the question, can a school with high expectations overcome the negativity of an inner city community?
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