Movies with a Message


Movies with a Message 2024

Back by popular demand

Salem will host special movie times for the three movies below and discussion.    

This summer the movies will be


The film tells the story of the gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin. Despite incredible odds, he managed to organize the March on Washington in 1963. This event is considered one of the high points of the civil rights movement in the United States. Over 200,000 people gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. and called for an end to racial discrimination in the USA. Martin Luther King gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the event.  (Wikipedia)


Grappling with tremendous personal tragedy, writer Isabel Wilkerson sets herself on a path of global investigation and discovery as she writes Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents.

Wilkerson is consulted for her opinion after the shooting of Trayvon Martin. She explores the idea of how race may not be the only determining factor in bigotry, since, e.g., in India, everyone may be of the same “race”, but bigotry still occurs by caste. Similarly, although Jews of European descent may have been considered “White” in some parts of the world, in Nazi Germany they were defined as an inferior race to be exterminated. Wilkerson visits Germany and debates friends about how slavery compared with the Holocaust, “subjugation” versus “extermination”.  (Wikipedia)

Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon is a 2023 American epic Western crime drama film co-written, produced, and directed by Martin Scorsese. Eric Roth and Scorsese based their screenplay on the 2017 non-fiction book by David Grann. Set in 1920s Oklahoma, it focuses on a series of murders of Osage members and relations in the Osage Nation after oil was discovered on tribal land. The tribal members had retained mineral rights on their reservation, but a corrupt local political boss sought to steal the wealth.  (Wikipedia)

These movies are on different stream services as well if you would like to watch them in the comfort of your own home.  We will also have each of the movies available on DVD to loan. 

We would like to get as many people involved in this as possible, so we are asking you to sign up if you are interested in this.  (Don’t have to watch all three movies).  Sign up sheets will be in the Narthex, or you can call the office.  (815) 895 -9171 Please sign up before May 15th

One movie will be discussed in June, the next in July and the next in August. 

Once the names have been gathered, we will poll those that are interested as to what would be the best times and dates.