Week of Compassion Reading List
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The Kite Runner (2005)
A Thousand Splendid Suns (2007)
A Bed of Red Flowers (2005)
The Bookseller of Kabul (2004)
The Storyteller’s Daughter (2004)
The Places in Between (2004)
Acts of Faith (2005)
The Shackled Continent (2004)
Dead Aid (2009)
A Bend in the River (1989)
Poku, Nana K.
Stearns, Jason K.
Ali, Rabia and Lawrence Lifschultz, eds.
Good People in an Evil Time (2005)
Fools Rush In (2005)
Sarajevo: A War Journal (1993)
Donia, Robert J. and John V.A. Fine, Jr.
Love Thy Neighbor (1997)
BOSNIA, EL SALVADOR, ISRAEL:
BOSNIA, CROATIA, SERBIA:
Balkan Ghosts (2005)
Kaplan, Robert D.
Pretty Birds (2006)
Strength in What Remains (2009)
First They Killed My Father (2006)
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO:
The Poisonwood Bible (1998)
A Cafecito Story (2004)
The Weight of All Things (2001)
The Uses of Haiti (2005)
The Inheritance of Loss (2006)
Wise and Otherwise (2006)
Reading Lolita in Tehran (2003)
It's Our Turn to Eat (2009)
Mississippi in Africa (2005)
Little Bee (2008)
REFUGEES AND IMMIGRATION:
Climate Refugees (2010)
Hing, Bill Ong
Enrique's Journey (2006)
Letting Them Die (2003)
Life and Times of Michael K (1983)
Country of My Skull (1999)
Herlinger, Chris and Paul Jeffrey
Dau, John Bul
Deng A., Deng B., Ajak, and Bernstein
What is the What (2006)
Fitzgerald, Mary Anne
Why Haven’t You Left? (2006)
Emma’s War (2002)
Brown, Tricia Gates
World Hunger: Twelve Myths (1998)
Collins, Lappe and Rosset
Corbett, Steve and Fikkert, Brian
Daly, Herman and John Cobb, Jr.
DeWitt, Calvin B.
Pedagogy of the Oppressed (2000)
Pedagogy of Hope (2004)
Greenway, Roger S. and Timothy M. Monsma
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (2007)
Lederach, John Paul
Walking with the Poor (1999)
Development as Freedom (2000)
Sider, Ronald J.
Communities First (series) – www.urbansermons.org/f/jay-van-groningen
Van Groningen, Jay
Rising Tide (1998)
The Long Loneliness (1952)
Gopp, Amy, Christian Piatt and Brandon Gilvin, eds.
Interpreter of Maladies (1999)
Bridges Out of Poverty (2006)
Payne, Ruby K., Philip E. DeVol and Terie Dreussi Smith
Bayou Farewell (2004)
Blood Done Sign My Name (2005)
Anderson, Mary B.
France, Dorothy D., Ed.
A Billion Bootstraps (2007)
Smith, Phil and Eric Thurman
Thurow, Roger and Scott Kilman
The Sorrow of War (1996)
Love in the Driest Season (2005)
Week of Compassion Recommended Movies
The story of a young Afghan girl who is forced to pose as a boy in order to get an education.
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
The true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager who housed over 1,000 Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Last King of Scotland (2006)
Based on events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin’s regime as seen by his personal physician.
The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.
Return to El Salvador (2010)
17 years ago, U.N. peace accords marked the end of a brutal civil war in El Salvador. This film is the compelling story of vibrant Salvadoran individuals and communities and the intricate geopolitical systems that have so profoundly impacted their lives, making this distant war relevant to a current American audience.
The life and work of Archbishop Oscar Romero who opposed, at great personal risk, the tyrannical repression in El Salvador.
Food, Inc. (2008)
An unflattering look inside America's corporate controlled food industry.
Human Cargo (2004)
A riveting thriller shot on location in Vancouver and South Africa, HUMAN CARGO is an unflinching look at the world of refugees in the post 9/11 world and of the people who sacrifice their lives to help or hinder them.
Blood Diamond (2006)
Set during the Sierra Leone Civil War in 1999, the film shows a country torn apart by the struggle between government soldiers and rebel forces.
No Man’s Land (2001)
Bosnia and Herzegovina during 1993 at the time of the heaviest fighting between the two warring sides. Two soldiers from opposing sides in the conflict, Nino and Ciki, become trapped in no man's land, while a third soldier becomes a living booby trap.
The Perfect Circle (1997)
A Bosnian poet befriends two orphaned brothers, who have escaped a massacre in their own village, and together, they try to survive the horror of the siege of Sarajevo.
Before the rain (1994)
The circularity of violence seen in a story that circles on itself. In Macedonia, during war in Bosnia, Christians hunt an ethnic Albanian girl who may have murdered one of their own. Told in three parts, and linked by characters and events, "Before the Rain" explores the uncompromising nature of war as it ravages the lives of unsuspecting, and forces the innocent to take sides.
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
An Israeli film director interviews fellow veterans of the 1982 invasion of Lebanon to reconstruct his own memories of his term of service in that conflict.
God Grew Tired of Us (2006)
Four boys from Sudan embark on a journey to America after years of wandering Sub-Saharan Africa in search of safety.
Plot summaries courtesy imdb.com