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Johnson, Ottaviani-Jones published in Religion and Film journal

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April 4, 2014

Flagler College Professor of Religion Timothy J. Johnson and Director of Study Abroad Barbara Ottaviani-Jones were recently published in the peer-reviewed journal Religion and Film published by the University of Nebraska-Omaha.

The pair wrote an article on Guido Chiesa’s film “Io Sono con Te (I Am with You).”

“The film is a story about motherhood: that of Mary of Nazareth; it portrays a mother and her relation with her son, supported by the discrete, evolving presence of Joseph, the patriarch who accepts to ‘step aside’ by foregoing the dominant male role,” said Johnson.

The film addresses topics such as birth, raising children, violence and gender roles from a uniquely female point of view. Johnson and Ottaviani-Jones’ article is the first academic examination of the movie’s unique, albeit controversial take on Mary.

The authors argue that the film presents a rich anthropological-theological reflection on religion, culture, gender and sacrifice.

The article can be read by visiting