- Feb 19, 2020
The film’s director hopes the film will help viewers see biblical figures like Paul as real people, “not beautiful statues with halos on their heads” and books like Acts and Paul’s letters as “lived experience,” not something that came from a “preachy, heady space.”
After thousands of men and women tweeted #metoo, recounting their experiences of sexual harassment and expressing support for victims in the wake of abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, Catholics say the Church should take a position of leadership in the fight against the exploitation of women.
Jude Law, star of HBO’s new series “The Young Pope” says, “At the core of our series is its humanity. We penetrate the layers of curiosity and intrigue surrounding the very human institution of the Catholic Church, and explore how people interact within it.”
A producer of the latest “Ben Hur” remake, which opens today, says, “My faith is important to me as a Catholic and I feel that the values in this film are important and valuable .. in a world that’s uncertain, with fear and confusion, the central themes of forgiveness and reconciliation are needed now more than ever.”
The biggest issue with how Hollywood portrays people of faith today is simply that it overwhelmingly doesn’t, even though 83 percent of Americans identify as Christian. Religion is basically ignored, even where it would be reasonable to expect it.
Issues of representation and diversity in Hollywood films have gotten enough attention to ensure that most people are at least somewhat aware of such concerns and questions. Yet at least one area of representation is disproportionately ignored: how Hollywood deals with religious belief and identity, including Catholicism.