Marty VanDriel
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Sole survivor

Television | A police chief tries to protect a mysterious girl from evil forces in ABC drama Emergence
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 10/10/19, 12:38 pm

In ABC’s new weekly drama Emergence, shadowy villains want to get their hands on a little girl who seems to have survived a mysterious plane crash. As a police chief and her family shield the youngster from danger, they try to find out why she is so valuable to evil forces. ABC might have a hit on its hands with Emergence, but is it worthwhile viewing for Christians?

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Tears on the moors

Documentary | In Evelyn, siblings hope a series of hikes in Scotland will help their family heal from the pain of a brother’s suicide
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/26/19, 01:37 pm

Director Orlando von Einsiedel lost his brother Evelyn to suicide 15 years ago, and he and his family find it too painful to talk about their loss. Determined to change this, Orlando, sister Gwen, and youngest brother Robin set off to reminisce by repeating a series of hikes in Scotland they had traveled with their brother.

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When China came to Ohio

Documentary | American Factory spotlights a clash between Chinese and American work culture
by Marty VanDriel
Posted 9/12/19, 04:11 pm

When General Motors Co. in 2008 shuttered a factory near Dayton, Ohio, thousands of workers lost high-paying union jobs. Eight years later, a Chinese glass manufacturer reopened part of the plant, bringing new employment but a very different work culture. The new Netflix documentary American Factory is a fascinating and evenhanded look at the stark differences between American and Chinese work life.

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