Cape Ann Community Cinema
Chaplains Under Fire
Cape Ann Forum presents Chaplains Under Fire, a documentary film about the lives of Christian, Muslim and Jewish chaplains in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For some, the presence of chaplains in war spells comfort—for others, it raises questions about church-state relations. Should the military be hiring clergy? Can the military tell them how to act? How does a Christian chaplain minister to a Buddhist? A Muslim? An atheist? And what about the growing number of fundamentalist, evangelical chaplains?
To explore these and other issues, filmmakers Lee Lawrence and Terry Nickelson went to Iraq and Afghanistan to examine the world of military chaplains through the lens of the troops they serve in combat and the controversies they trigger at home and on the battlefield. The filmmakers will lead a question-and-answer session after the 90-minute film.
The award-winning documentary premiered at New York’s Lincoln Center before special screenings at the Newseum and the National Press Club in Washington.
Ms Lawrence, who will present the film, is a regular contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the Christian Science Monitor and other publications. She wrote an award-winning series on military chaplains in 2007 for the Christian Science Monitor. Mr. Nickelson has been involved in several film projects, contributing to a PBS series on preventive diplomacy and filming a documentary on Rwandan refugees.
Cosponsored with the Gloucester Unitarian-Universalist Church and Cape Ann Cinema.