Tuesday, May 13, 2008


Fellow U.C.Riverside Lecturer Michael Wilson screened his film Silhouette City tonite and it presents a fascinating portrait of Christian extremist's transformation from a radical fringe movement in the 1970's and 80's to the mainstream political force that it is today. It's compelling on many levels... one of which is the way evangelical Christians have framed America as holy place with a god given right to rule the world. Through the course of the film, we watch various sites – a small compound in Arkansas, a place of worship or the entire geography of the U.S. – perform rhetorically as the location where god's will might be enacted. The film is a nuanced and telling examination of religious fundamentalism in America.

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