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Turtles Can Fly

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Quietly powerful drama set in Kurdistan on the eve of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, which follows the shattered lives of three orphaned children: a hustling street urchin (Soran Ebrahim) who runs a business installing satellite dishes and clearing fields of land mines, an armless boy (Hirsh Feyssal) who may be clairvoyant, and his sad-eyed sister (a haunting Avaz Latif), traumatized by an unspeakable crime which robbed her of her innocence and will to live. Putting a human face on "collateral damage," director Bahman Ghobadi elicits strong performances from his three nonprofessional leads, and the film, shot entirely in a refugee camp on the Turkish-Iraqi border, serves as a grim but compelling meditation on the obscenity of war, told through the eyes of its most vulnerable victims. Subtitles. War violence, an implied rape of a minor, a murder of a child (with extenuating circumstances), a suicide, and recurring disturbing images of maimed children. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L -- limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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Angela Merici: Angela has the double distinction of founding the first teaching congregation of women in the Church and what is now called a “secular institute” of religious women. 
<p>As a young woman she became a member of the Third Order of St. Francis (now known as the Secular Franciscan Order), and lived a life of great austerity, wishing, like St. Francis, to own nothing, not even a bed. Early in life she was appalled at the ignorance among poorer children, whose parents could not or would not teach them the elements of religion. Angela’s charming manner and good looks complemented her natural qualities of leadership. Others joined her in giving regular instruction to the little girls of their neighborhood. </p><p>She was invited to live with a family in Brescia (where, she had been told in a vision, she would one day found a religious community). Her work continued and became well known. She became the center of a group of people with similar ideals. </p><p>She eagerly took the opportunity for a trip to the Holy Land. When they had gotten as far as Crete, she was struck with blindness. Her friends wanted to return home, but she insisted on going through with the pilgrimage, and visited the sacred shrines with as much devotion and enthusiasm as if she had her sight. On the way back, while praying before a crucifix, her sight was restored at the same place where it had been lost. </p><p>At 57, she organized a group of 12 girls to help her in catechetical work. Four years later the group had increased to 28. She formed them into the Company of St. Ursula (patroness of medieval universities and venerated as a leader of women) for the purpose of re-Christianizing family life through solid Christian education of future wives and mothers. The members continued to live at home, had no special habit and took no formal vows, though the early Rule prescribed the practice of virginity, poverty and obedience. The idea of a teaching congregation of women was new and took time to develop. The community thus existed as a “secular institute” until some years after Angela’s death.</p> American Catholic Blog I hear far more people discuss the presence of evil in their lives than they do the supreme power of grace. God is bigger than evil!

 
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