Urban Films: Scenes from a Parish (2009)

In 2001, an irreverent, young, Harvard-educated Catholic priest arrived at Saint Patrick Parish in the former mill town of Lawrence, Massachusetts. Father Paul O'Brien soon discovered that trying to foster an inclusive community amidst the ethnic tensions of this working-class, multicultural parish would be no mean feat. Older parishioners were resentful of a new generation of immigrants; more idealistic parishioners were trying to reach out to those in need but facing cultural entanglements that grew more complicated with the passage of time. Filmed over four years, SCENES FROM A PARISH explores the personal stories a Catholic parish struggling to reconcile the ideals of faith with the cultural realities of a globalized United States. With special guests: James Rutenbeck (director) and Robert Todd (editor)

Urban Planning Film Series
A mostly-weekly series showing documentary and feature films on topics related to cities, urbanism, design, community development, ecology, and other planning issues. Free.  Open to: the general public

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Ezra Glenn