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The Good Lie

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They were known simply as “The Lost Boys.” Orphaned by the brutal civil war in Sudan, which began in 1983, these young victims traveled as many as a thousand miles on foot in search of safety.  Fifteen years later, a humanitarian effort would bring 3,600 lost boys, as well as girls, to the West. The Good Lie brings the story of their survival and triumph to life.

Damaris provided a video feature and Discussion Guide.

This video explores the nature of community, which can extend beyond individual families to the global family of humanity.


If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Discussion Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains background information and a variety of discussion questions.

The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

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Now that The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is full up with its long-term residents, co-managers Muriel Donnelly (Maggie Smith) and Sonny Kapoor (Dev Patel) have a dream of expansion, and they’ve found just the place: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. With plans underway, Evelyn and Douglas (Judi Dench and Bill Nighy) venture into the Jaipur workforce, wondering where their regular breakfast dates will lead.  Meanwhile, Norman and Carol (Ronald Pickup and Diana Hardcastle) navigate the swirling waters of an exclusive relationship, as Madge (Celia Imrie) juggles two very eligible suitors, and recent arrival Guy Chambers (Richard Gere) finds a muse in Sonny’s mother, Mrs Kapoor (Lillete Dubey) for his next novel. As his marriage to Sunaina (Tina Desai), the love of his life, quickly approaches, Sonny finds his plans for the new hotel making more claims on his time than he has available. Perhaps the only one who may know the answers is Muriel, the keeper of everyone’s secrets. As the big day nears, family and guests alike find themselves swept up in the irresistible intoxication of an Indian wedding.

Damaris created two video features and a Leader’s Guide.

The videos (below) use clips and interviews to explore the issues of inter-generational co-operation and living life to the full at any age.


If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Leader’s Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains template posters, invitations, themed recipes, quizzes, discussion questions and background information.

The Theory of Everything

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The Theory of Everything is the extraordinary and uplifting story of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, and of two people defying the steepest of odds through love.

Damaris created two video features and a Discussion Guide.

The  two videos (below) explore the questions “can we find a full and powerful answer to all of life?” and, as we seek this, “why is love so powerful?”


If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

This Discussion Guide is designed to accompany the video features above. It contains background information on the film and questions for discussion, providing all you need for an enjoyable and enriching cinema experience.

Unbroken

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Angelina Jolie directs and produces Unbroken, an epic drama that follows the incredible life of Olympian and war hero Louis “Louie” Zamperini (Jack O’Connell) who, along with two other crewmen, survived in a raft for 47 days after a near-fatal plane crash in WWII – only to be caught by the Japanese Navy and sent to a prisoner-of-war camp. Adapted from Laura Hillenbrand’s enormously popular book, Unbroken brings to the big screen Zamperini’s unbelievable and inspiring true story about the resilient power of the human spirit.

Damaris produced three video features, a Discussion Guide and an Activity Pack.

 These videos examine the themes of resilience, inspiration and courage which are raised by Unbroken. The video features are called Finishing Every Race, Inspiring Others and Transforming Your Future.


If you need to view any of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

This Discussion Guide is designed to accompany the video features above. Containing background information on the film and questions for discussion, it provides all you need for an enjoyable and enriching cinema experience.

Meanwhile the Activity Pack provides all you need to run energetic and reflective activities themed around Unbroken, using the video features above. The pack is designed to be used in group activities by people of all ages to make the most of the film.

Exodus: Gods and Kings

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From acclaimed director Ridley Scott comes the epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings, the story of one man’s daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses (Christian Bale) as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses (Joel Edgerton), setting the Israelite slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Damaris produced three videos, a Leader’s Guide and a Supplementary Resource for Churches.

The videos (below) use clips from the film to explore different perspectives on the issues of family, freedom and faith.


If you need to view any of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Leader’s Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains template posters, invitations, themed recipes, quizzes, discussion questions and background information.

The Supplementary Resource for Churches provides additional questions and reflections for use by churches, to help people engage more deeply with the spiritual ideas raised by the film.

Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?

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This Christmas the pupils of St Bernadette’s and the much-loved, madcap Mr Poppy (Marc Wootton) are back for their biggest adventure yet involving fantastic flashmobs, excitable elves, Christmas carols and of course Archie the donkey! When their new teacher Mr Shepherd (Martin Clunes) loses his memory and forgets all about Christmas, as well as his fiancée Sophie (Catherine Tate) and the whereabouts of the beloved Archie, it’s up to the pupils of St Bernadette’s to save the day.

Led by the ever enthusiastic Mr Poppy, they embark on a Christmas journey like never before – but time is against them if they are to help Mr Shepherd recover his memory and get him to New York in time for his magical yuletide wedding…!

Damaris produced an Activity Pack (below), which uses these film clips.


If you need to view any of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Activity Pack provides all you need to run activities themed around Nativity 3: Dude Where’s My Donkey?! Looking back at one’s own memories, and learning from the traditions of others, we discover the joy of being part of a community at Christmas – and persevering to make other people’s dreams come true. It uses the clips from the film, above.

Get on Up

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You know him by many names: “Mr. Dynamite,” “The Godfather of Soul,” “The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” But now get to know the man behind the legend. Born dirt-poor in South Carolina in the middle of the Great Depression in 1933, James Brown survived a young life of abandonment, abuse, reform school, jail. Nobody ever taught him the rules. So he was destined from the start to break them.

Damaris produced a video feature and a Discussion Guide.

With clips from the film and comments from the stars this video explores the many challenges James Brown faced, and invites us all to consider how we might overcome obstacles in our own lives in order to find our place in society.


If you need to view this video offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Discussion Guide is designed to accompany the video feature above. It contains background information on the film and questions for discussion, providing all you need for an enjoyable and enriching cinema experience.

Earth to Echo

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Best friends Tuck, Munch and Alex are spending their last few days together before their houses are demolished by a highway construction project and they are forced to move away from each other. However, events take an exciting and unexpected turn when they start receiving cryptic signals on their mobile phones with maps directing them to a secret location. The inseparable trio are convinced that this could be the beginning of an amazing adventure and set out to crack the code and discover the meaning of the messages. This leads them to encounter Echo, a mysterious alien from another planet who desperately needs their help in order to return home. An epic story beyond the wildest of imaginations, the race is on for the friends to save Echo as they embark on a journey that will change all of their lives forever.

Damaris created resources designed for use by families, providing resources to run an Echo Adventure Party. This includes two special video features and an Echo Adventure Pack, accompanied by a series of activity videos.

The first video encourages children to see that, though they are small (like Echo) they can make a difference in the world. The second demonstrates the importance of friendships and introduces the themes explored in the Echo Adventure Party.


If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Echo Adventure Pack provides all you need to run an Echo Adventure Party with themed food, fun and thought-provoking activities and plenty of clips from the film. The resource include a Leader’s Toolkit and an Adventure Mag (in the centre pages) intended for children to keep. It also uses the two feature videos (above) and a series of activity videos (below).

The activity videos below are used with the Echo Adventure Pack.


If you need to view any of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

Noah

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Academy Award® winner Russell Crowe stars as Noah, in this film inspired by the epic biblical story of courage, sacrifice and hope.  Also starring Emma Watson, Jennifer Connelly, and Anthony Hopkins, Noah is directed by the visionary filmmaker Darren Aronofsky.

Damaris created two video features, a Leader’s Guide and a Supplementary Resource for Churches, as well as two thematic videos.

The videos (below) use clips from the film to explore different issues. “The World in our Care” invites us to compare the attitudes to the world shown by Noah and Tubal-cain and explores how we might be good stewards in our homes, families, communities, workplaces and in the wider world. “Cleansing or Consuming?” explores the contrast that Noah expresses between “water that cleanses” and “fire that consumes” and the way in which Noah appears to wrestle with the concept of grace.



If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

The Leader’s Guide provides all you need to put on an event around the film (for a few friends or a large group) and contains template posters, invitations, themed recipes, quizzes, discussion questions and background information.

The Supplementary Resource for Churches provides additional questions and reflections for use by churches, to help people engage more deeply with the spiritual ideas raised by the film.

Damaris also produced two short thematic videos:



If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

12 Years a Slave

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This powerful and dramatic film is based on the amazing true story of one man’s fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.  Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by Michael Fassbender) as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity.  In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist (Brad Pitt) forever alters his life.

Damaris produced two videos and a Discussion Guide.

The videos are built around clips from the film and interviews with the stars. The first is designed to stimulate discussion about human nature. The second considers how Solomon did not just want sympathy – he needed someone to take a very simple action on his behalf.



If you need to view either of these videos offline, please email hello@damaris.org and we will provide you with a download.

This Discussion Guide helps people to think about ideas and issues raised by 12 Years a Slave at five different levels: aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, moral, and spiritual. Suitable for use by individuals, families or small groups, these are also ideal for Damaris Film Clubs.