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January 30th, 2013

Movies with Spirit set to screen “The Help”

Emma Stone, Octavia Spencer and Viola Davis star in “The Help”, which will be screened on February 16, 2013 as part of the Movies with Spirit community film series.

WOODSTOCK - The monthly Movies with Spirit community film series will show the courageous, empowering drama "The Help" at 7 p.m. February 16th at Woodstock Jewish Congregation, 1682 Glasco Turnpike in Woodstock.

Tate Taylor’s award-winning film, based on Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel, tells of Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan (Emma Stone), a young woman from Southern society in the early 1960s, who returns to Jackson, Miss., from Ole Miss determined to become a journalist, unlike her friends, who attended college to find husbands.

Skeeter’s first job is as a "homemaker hints" columnist in a local newspaper. But she soon creates a social scandal when she decides to interview the black women who take care of prominent white families.

Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter’s friend, Elizabeth (Ahna O’Reilly), is the first to open up, exposing the racism she faces. She does this to the dismay of her friends in the tight-knit black community who fear they will lose their jobs, or worse.

Later another black woman, Minny Jackson (Octavia Spencer), shares her story. The three very different women build an unlikely friendship around the secret writing project that breaks societal rules. They develop a remarkable sisterhood, instilling in them the courage to transcend the lines that define them - and bring everyone in town face-to-face with changing times.

The 2011 film, whose 46 awards include a Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for Spencer, is rated PG-13 and runs 146 minutes. The screening will be followed by a discussion. Refreshments will be served.

The monthly Movies With Spirit series, organized by Gerry Harrington of Kingston, seeks to stimulate people’s sense of joy and wonder, inspire love and compassion, evoke a deepened understanding of people’s integral connection with others and with life itself, and support individual cultures, faith paths and beliefs while simultaneously transcending them.

The films are screened in diverse houses of worship and reverence across Ulster and Dutchess counties at 7 p.m., on the third Saturday every month. The series has no religious affiliation.

For more information about "The Help" or the series, contact Harrington at (845) 389-9201 or at Details are also available at

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