I can't believe I didn't think of this before as I was writing about the challenges of making good movies about faith, but the obvious solution is to go backwards in time. And this trailer for Vision, a life of the rather quietly badass Hildegard von Bingen, is a terrific argument for why:
Our contemporary debates about religion, particularly about Christianity and Islam, are calcified to the point that they make for unwatchable movies. Films about Christianity must feature characters who move away from their faith to satisfy one audience's political leanings, or characters who embrace a life of devotion to satisfy another set of viewers' values. Movies about Islam must either make the argument that a world religion is not defined by its most violent corruptors, or that extremist Islam is an existential threat. There's really no such thing as a religious movie any more, just films that serve political ends through religion.
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