When I attended the screening of Radical Disciple at Columbia College in January I can remember thinking, “wow, great film, but too bad no one will see it”. The lines of media distribution certainly would make it hard for a little film like this to see the light of much day. But then came along public television!
PBS is airing Radical Disciple this Wednesday, August 4 at 8pm. The film by Bob Hercules attempts a balanced look at Father Michael Pfleger, a priest that garners equal parts respect and controversy in and around Chicago for his outspoken stances. There may be no finer example of what a modern day prophet should look like nor a finer example of the angry bee hive one steps into by taking prophetic stances.
The film explores issues of racism, the power of the media, and the tension between different theological paradigms. Most importantly though, the film is a personal look at the experiences which empower one individual to become clarion voice for justice in an unjust world.
Read about the initial screening of Radical Disciple on one of this blogs early posts.