Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Heidi

Unity Goes To The Movies Hosted By Rod Kennedy: Heidi

Sunday, December 15. 2019


 Heidi is a 1937 American film classic starring Shirley Temple, Jean Hersholt and Sidney Blackmer. It is based on the 1880 children’s story of the same name by Swiss author Johanna Spyri.

Orphaned as a child, Heidi is left in the care of her bitter, misanthropic grandfather Adolph Kramer (Jean Hersholt). It doesn’t take long before the sweet little child has melted grandpa’s hardened heart, and the two “outcasts” become inseparable. But things take a sinister turn when Heidi’s cruel and avaricious aunt kidnaps the girl and sells her into servitude in the home of wealthy Segemann (Sidney Blackmer).

“This is one of my favorite movies of all times. Love of family, love of friends, interesting locations and people all make this a great family movie. And to boot, it’s one of Shirley’s best. Put your sophistication and thinking away, and sit back and enjoy the emotions this film evokes.”

 Run Time – 1h 28m

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.