Worth Watching in March 2011

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By John P. McCarthy

Television, Radio & Mulitmedia


While speaking about the 45th WORLD DAY OF SOCIAL COMMUNICATIONS, Pope Benedict XVI praised new media technologies such as Facebook but also warned of their risks, including depersonalization and self-indulgence. He also urged Catholic media workers to live in conformity to the Gospel. For more, visit pope2you.net.


PBS’ Independent Lens airs PUSHING THE ELEPHANT, a film about forgiveness that profiles Rose Mapendo, who lost her family to ethnic violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the 1990s and who was named Humanitarian of the Year in 2009 (March 29).


Produced by Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, BULLYING: K THRU LIFE is a two-part radio program addressing the problem of bullying in the schoolyard, digital world, and workplace. Listen online at voicesofourworld.org.


Episodes of SACRED TIME, a video series on worship hosted by Bishop-Elect Chris Coyne of Indianapolis, are available at CatholicTV.com.


Throughout March, PBS will rebroadcast JOHN WOODEN: VALUES, VICTORY AND PEACE OF MIND, in which the legendary basketball coach expounds on his deeply spiritual philosophy “Pyramid of Success.”


The public affairs show IN THE ARENA focuses on topics that matter most to today’s Catholics. Emmy award-winning anchor Jane Hanson and the Very Reverend Kieran E. Harrington, Vicar for Communications for the Diocese of Brooklyn, serve as hosts. Watch online at netny.net.


Richard Thomas (”The Waltons”) plays a soul-searching journalist who returns to the Long Island community in which he grew up and confronts a haunting past in Hallmark Channel’s movie TIME AFTER TIME (March 19).


Premiering on ABC, SECRET MILLIONAIRE follows successful business people as they volunteer to spend a week in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods in the country (March 6).




Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell star in THE 5TH QUARTER, a true story about family, football, and the gift of life. When a tragic car crash claims a teen's life, his older brother considers ending his own college gridiron career (March 11)


The fact-based Christian film HEAVEN’S RAIN chronicles how survivors of a deadly attack on missionaries attempted to move forward after the incident, struggling to find justice and rebuild their lives (March 25).


The stars of the documentary TORNADO ALLEY take viewers into the heart of the storm as they attempt to understand the origins and evolution of tornadoes (March 18).


A new adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's JANE EYRE casts Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender as the titular governess and her haughty employer Edward Rochester (March 11).


Set in the Wild West, the animated comedy-adventure RANGO revolves around a chameleon (voiced by Johnny Depp) who goes from sheltered pet to savior of a lawless desert town (March 4).




VEGGIETALES: ’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE EASTER explores the true meaning of Easter while emphasizing the importance of helping others and serving those in need. (March 8).


A SHINE OF RAINBOWS, set in Ireland, relays an inspiring story of hope, transformation, and love rooted in the beauty and power of nature (March 15)


To commemorate its 55th Anniversary, a six-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo gift set of Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS features a fully restored, high-definition copy of the epic plus new bonus material, a commemorative book, and the 1923 silent version of the film (March 29).


(Dates and schedules subject to change.)



John P. McCarthy