Mar 20, 2015

The DoveKeepers Movie Review

   I recently watched a preview of the mini series based on Alice Hoffman’s “The Dovekeepers”.  This is a story describing the experience of women who fought as the last stronghold in Judea when it was attacked by the Romans. The miniseries “The Dovekeepers” is produced by Roma Downy and Mark Burnett and is scheduled for release March 31 and April 1.  

   Four bold, resourceful, and sensuous women come to Masada by a different path. Yael’s mother died in childbirth, and her father never forgave her for that death. Revka, a village baker’s wife, watched the horrifically brutal murder of her daughter by Roman soldiers; she brings to Masada her twin grandsons, rendered mute by their own witness. Aziza is a warrior’s daughter, raised as a boy, a fearless rider and expert marksman, who finds passion with another soldier. Shirah is wise in the ways of ancient magic and medicine, a woman with uncanny insight and power. The four lives intersect in the desperate days of the siege, as the Romans draw near.  All are dovekeepers, and all are also keeping secrets — about who they are, where they come from, who fathered them, and whom they love.
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  The movie begins with Josephus interviewing Yael and Shirah about their lives and exactly what took place at Masada.  Josephus is very judgemental and criticizes the women's actions.  Still, he records everything to pass down through time.  The year is 70 CE,  and nine hundred Jews held out for months against armies of Romans on a mountain in the Judean desert, Masada. According to the ancient historian Josephus, two women and five children survived. 
  The dovekeepers job is to take care of the sacred dove by feeding them and cleaning up after them.  The doves are used as messengers to carry and bring back messages to and from others.

Hoffeman's novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times’ bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as “a major contribution to 21st century literature.”

I loved this movie and I am so excited to watch it again on the 31 and 1st .  The era of this movie is fasinating to me and I love learning how they lived and survived during this time.  It is truly a must-see and you really need to tune in to CBS on the  March 31st and  April 1st.  I know you will not be disappointed.
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* This review was sponsored by: Role Mommy Writer's Network
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  1. This is not what I would call a Christian film. Christian films can usually be seen by the whole family. This movie certainly is not my family film. It should have been shown on HBO or Cinemax. It is going to be hard to watch anything now marked Christian film. They didn’t have to be so explicit with their love scenes, sex, etc. I was really disappointed and did not finish watching this scathing film.

    1. I agree with some of your comments. The love scenes were too much for my grandchildren to see as well. But, I believe saying it is a Christian film is true because it does represent followers of Christ. We both agree however, that it should be classified differently as a "family movie". I am sorry if my review led you wrong.


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