With the help of Education for Justice, we begin (as we have done for the past several summers) "the list." In the past, we have suggested books with Catholic Social Teaching (CST) themes for your summer reading list. This year, we'll add movies to the list. The first movie suggestion for summer 2015 is McFarland, USA. This film makes the list because of its focus on these CST themes: Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community and Participation; Solidarity; Dignity of Work; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.
Here is a brief synopsis of the film: "McFarland, USA follows the real life story of Coach Jim White and seven Mexican-American inexperienced runners living in California's San Joaquin Valley, an area rich with farmland but plagued with poverty. White witnesses the students' extraordinary running abilities and recruits them to start a cross country team. With the odds stacked against them, the young men, through the guidance of their coach, are successful in winning the 1987 state championship, starting a more than two decade-long winning streak at McFarland High School."
Click here to access the Education for Justice Discussion Guide for the film.