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Jesus Was a Commie (2011)

Not Rated | | Short | 19 May 2011 (USA)
JESUS WAS A COMMIE presents modern society with questions and leads the audience on a dialectical journey. The film challenges the viewer to seek their own answers and personal truths.


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Could it be argued that Jesus was a Communist? There's no question he was a revolutionary. But not with violence. His revolution involved a complete and dramatic change in the way people thought; progressive and liberal thinking. With no army and no weapons, he led a group of young people toward a new, more humane way of thinking; toward a philosophy of love and forgiveness. He may have been a supporter of a political ideology that advanced an egalitarian society based on common ownership of property. These are the ideas explored in the new avant-garde short film, JESUS WAS A COMMIE. Written by Matthew Modine & Adam Rackoff

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$75,000 (estimated)

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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Awarded the Oldenburg Star recognizing bravura and compassion in visionary filmmaking at the Oldenburg International Film Festival in Germany. See more »

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Jesus WAS A COMMIE - interesting not only in content, but also in it's unique format
23 October 2011 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Jesus WAS A COMMIE – a movie by Matthew Modine, was particularly interesting to me due to the fact that I was raised by a half catholic half Buddhist mom. In my view, Matthew's argument is that Jesus was a communist because of the way that he spread the idea that all people are the same and deserve equal rights and opportunities. Matthew talks about how Jesus revolution completely changed the way people thought and how it opened up theirs hearts to love and forgiveness. He talks about the fact that Jesus was able to change people without the use of force or any kind of violence.The movie does not talk about the politics of religion but rather seems to focus on Jesus and other spiritual leaders and how their teachings are similar to the communist philosophy. I was brought up going to church and learning about Jesus teachings, but mom had a way of making it all make sense to my brother's and I by giving the catholic ideology a little Buddhist spin. I like how Matthew's movie gives a solid meaning to its concept and it does it in an engaging and innovative way.

I thought Jesus WAS A COMMIE was very interesting not only in content, but also in it's unique format. A great narrative over beautiful layers of footage and graphics.

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