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Roma Review: (5 of 5 Stars)

By Jamie Traner The evening opened in the lobby of the Plaza Theatre on Ponce de Leon Ave, with the scents of El Ponce wafting through the door upon entry. Atlanta Film Society’s ¡CineMás! kicked off with Cuban Food Stories the week prior, but we’re here for the movie with all the awards buzz: director Alfonso Cuarón’s newest masterpiece, Roma . After thoroughly enjoying a tamale or two, we headed inside. If you aren’t moved by the subtle romance with life that comes from warm afternoons and appreciations of familial relationships, Cuarón’s newest work might not be for you. However, if you do find a sort of calm in reflection of a period passed, then Roma will not disappoint. The two-hour-and-some journey begins on a shot of tile. Slow, with the sounds of running water and sloshing in the back. It is a warm welcome to the 1970’s Mexico City landscape of the lifestyle protagonist, Cleo (played by Yaritza Aparicio) leads. The slow roll over the tiles is gently whisked into the next shot


This summer we lost two heroes of the faith. Though they are no longer with us, their testimonies will live on indefinitely. Most people knew who Billy Graham was. Some might not be as familiar with the other one, Chuck Missler. Nevertheless, he had a huge following and impact on the world for Christ. Both had a tremendous impact in the world for evangelism and discipleship. It’s interesting as I write this, I see that in the twofold commission that Jesus gave his disciples that Billy Graham was most impactful in evangelism, while Chuck Missler’s call and passion was for discipleship. Chuck’s work can be found on his website I would urge everyone, if you are not familiar with Chuck’s Bible studies, to check them out. They have been most meaningful in my growth as a disciple of Christ. What is so significant about these two men and their ministries, is that their witness, impact and fruit will continue long after they are gone. This is true of so many, for example,

MARY, The Ultimate Thinking Girl

If we are going to study thinking girls, we have to look at Mary, the ultimate thinking girl. The first mention of Mary, the mother of Yeshua, by her name is in Matthew 1:16: “And Jacob begot Joseph the husband of Mary of whom was born Jesus who is called Christ. Mary in Hebrew is Miryam and means “rebellion.” It’s from the root word meriy which means “bitterness, i.e. (figuratively) rebellion; concretely, bitter, or rebellious: —bitter, (most) rebel(-ion, -ious). It seems strange in a way that the mother of our Lord would have a name that means rebellion. But when you think about it, how appropriate that the Deliverer would be born from our rebellion. It goes back to the Garden of Eden when Adam rebelled against God and sinned, but God had a plan from eternity that He would send His son to deliver us. Now that plan was finally coming to fruition. Matthew 1:18: “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they

Interview: Award-winning Animator & Atlanta Film Society Filmmaker-in-Residence Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong

By Cameron McAllister I first met Marisa Ginger Tontaveetong while working for the Atlanta Film Society in 2014. She was a Programming Associate at the time and I was Marketing Manager. By the time the 2015 Atlanta Film Festival took place, Ginger had completed and submitted an animated short film (along with Tamarind King, Shir Wen Sun and Yu Ueda), “Starlight,” that went on to win the ATLFF Animated Jury Prize. Winning that prize—just one of several that the film picked up—allowed the team to be longlisted for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. Ginger has gone on to be a force in Atlanta’s animation community. She is currently both Executive Director of ASIFA-SOUTH and an ATLFS Filmmaker-in-Residence, while also working with several organizations and on several independent projects. Though she certainly has many, many things to keep her busy, Ginger was gracious enough to answer a few questions! Tell me about where you grew up and your education. I grew up in Bangkok,Thailand

THE HIDDEN LIFE: A study of Elijah and the Widow of Zarephath

There comes a time in our lives, if we are going to have a more intimate relationship with our Savior, that He must teach us about the hidden life. It’s a time to teach us to trust not in His gifts and what He can do for us, but to teach us who He is and to trust in Him. It’s a time to rid us of ourselves, our self life, so that we can come to know Him better and learn to fully depend on Him. It’s a time of shaking and cutting away all the unnecessary, so that what is left can’t be shaken, and so we can be the most fruitful. There came a time in Elijah’s life for this. Let’s study. 1 Kings 17: 1- 9: “And Elijah the Tishbite, of the inhabitants of Gilead, said to Ahab, ‘As the LORD God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, except at my word.’ Then the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘Get away from here and turn eastward, and hide by the Brook Cherith, which flows into the Jordan. And it will be that you shall drink from the b