A few months ago I had the chance to preview the first segment of an interesting new film series from Flannel (Nooma, Francis Chan’s Basic, Ed’s Story, etc.).
Featuring Lisa Chan, True Beauty: Be Still “explores the pressures, perceptions and expectations that women face and inspires viewers to let go of these lies and to enjoy being at the feet of Jesus.”
In what feels something like a kitchen conversation, Chan gently guides the viewer through a life-giving teaching. Referencing the Mary and Martha story of Luke 10:38-42, the account is interspersed with her own journey. The film artfully weaves in the modern day story of Susan, a woman who has known loss and redemption.
At 23 minutes, the film is paced very well. Delivered in the form made familiar in the Nooma and Ed’s Story films, Be Still is a captivating presentation. The first of an anticipated series, each of the films is designed to stand alone.
There is a reflection guide included with the DVD. You’ll also find a downloadable version that can be distributed to group members. More along the lines of a devotional guide, there aren’t included discussion questions or leader’s helps. Still, the film will generate some powerful insights and good conversation that a leader can guide with very little forethought.
I like the format and can see how it could provide a number of solutions for women’s ministries or women’s small groups and Bible studies. Inserted in between longer studies, Be Still could take a group deeper. Alternatively, the film could introduce the topic of a retreat or emphasis. It could also be ideal as a next step for studies that begin with an introductory theme.
Be Still is very compelling. I’m going to find ways to use it and I bet you do too.