Date of publication: 2017-09-06 09:16
Eli's books-- Brilliant Imperfection , Exile and Pride , and The Marrow’s Telling --are read by academics and activists alike. They are used frequently in classes ranging from Disability Studies, Gender Studies, and Queer Studies to Composition 656.
The Bible—what it is and what it says—lies at the heart of this cinematic Book. Denzel Washington, a Christian, co-produced the film, and he reportedly spent a great deal of time massaging dialogue and tinkering with scenes—which may have allowed his own appreciation for faith to shine through.
The Book of Eli is, perhaps, the most explicitly Christian film I've seen come out of the secular film industry since The Passion of the Christ. Indeed, it's something of a Sunday sermon wrapped in a Mad Max adventure.
Whether he's keynoting the Trans Health Conference or walking across the United States for peace, helping organize the first-ever Queerness and Disability Conference or facilitating an anti-ableism training Eli brings a poet's passion for language and an activist's passion for social justice to his work. (Read more.)
Eli survives the gunshot and makes his way west with Solara's help. And they find a pocket of civilization holed up in Alcatraz—an echo of the monasteries that outlived the Dark Ages. To the inhabitants there, Eli recites the Bible verse by verse, line by line, while someone transcribes it.
The Hughes brothers' film feels more vibrant than the bleak Road, which was launched at us in November. Here the brothers show us the horror but somehow the staid and calm Denzel feels more approachable than the distraught and scrambling Viggo.
With an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train barreling toward a city, a veteran engineer and a conductor race against the clock to prevent a catastrophe.
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&ldquo People all have a human side to them. I grew up in the housing project, and most of the guys that I played stickball with were the tough guys,&rdquo he said. &ldquo These guys were considered juvenile delinquents. They had been tagged, maybe because they came from Delaney Homes, as the troublemakers. But every single one of my friends had a gentle side.&rdquo
He explains his decision to Solara later, admitting he didn't always behave so admirably: After 86 years reading the Bible, "I forgot to live by what I learned from it," he tells her. "Do for others more than you do for yourself. That's what I got out of it, anyway."
Thought-provoking, compassionate, and challenging, Eli will enliven your classroom, fire up your conference, educate your department or agency, and empower student and grassroots activists. Bring him to your community or campus to teach, speak, read, facilitate, or train. (Read more.)