Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: A Soldier’s Story
Sunday, March 15, 2020
It stars Denzel Washington, Adolph Caesar and Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
A Soldier’s Story is a 1984 whodunit directed by Norman Jewison, adapted by Charles Fuller from his Pulitzer Prize-winning Off Broadway production A Soldier’s Play which has been revived and is currently on Broadway at the American Airlines Theater. The film version stars Denzel Washington, Adolph Caesar and Howard E. Rollins, Jr.
The story takes place at a military base in the American South during the last full year of the Second World War, in 1944. Sergeant Vernon Waters, a Black man, is shot to death. The locals, as well as the Black enlisted men at the base, believe it to be the work of the Ku Klux Klan. Captain Davenport, also a Black man, as well as the first Black officer most of the men at this base have ever seen, is asked to investigate this. The White officers all want to see this matter brought to a swift and tidy conclusion in order to prevent what they see as a potential race riot between the Black soldiers and local Whites around town.
Run Time 1h 41min
Followed by a discussion of the film and Unity principles.
Unity Goes to the Movies was begun by Rod Kennedy in April 2011 at The Unity Center of New York City for the purpose of showing movies that illustrate life lessons and instruct. It is also hosted by Rod who selects films that are drawn from the opus of movies made in Hollywood over the years that have come to influence and define our culture.
Much like the stories that were incorporated into the Bible, some of these movies are modern teachable moments about every day life that can instruct us on our spiritual path. After each movie, Mr. Kennedy hosts a discussion where everyone gets a chance to offer his or her insights and comment about the film.