Today, Jonathan Freeman-Coppadge discusses the movie "The Farewell" The clips have been omitted due to copyright laws, so the timestamps for the clips mentioned are below:
CLIP 1— 4:26–12:45 (Introduction to the characters and to the lie about Nai Nai’s condition. Intro of the moral dilemma about whether to tell her.)
CLIP 2— 44:41–51:27 (going to hospital, Conversation with doctor, and family debate about when to tell Nai Nai.)
CLIP 3— 1:01:12–1:06:28 (Generational conversation about culture values/moral values. Later Billi reveals the personal cost of these cultural choices.)
At the very end, this song from the movie was included: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWvd_PSE9IU
Good stories have the power to move us, challenge us and open us up new awareness of ourselves and God. It is in the subtle art of storytelling that humanity often portrays its deepest longings, its greatest wonder, and its most heart-felt angst. These are all places that God shows up whether we recognize it or not. Today, movies are perhaps one of the most compelling sources of storytelling. Not all their messages are good, but many profoundly explore the human condition, our place in the world, and our relationship to God.
Through this annual series, we will hear from community members about how a movie has stirred them to a deeper connection to Jesus. Since we can find God throughout culture, even in some unlikely places, we try to avoid choosing overtly religious movies with an obviously spiritual theme.