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Screens: TV the week of Dec. 17

Screens17_revolucion Revolucion: Five Visions (11 p.m. Tuesday, WPBT-PBS 2) -- The Cuban Revolution through the eyes of five photographers: some still on the island, others living in exile, all with very different points
of view.

The Secret Lives Of Jesus (9 p.m.Sunday, National Geographic); After Jesus (7 p.m. Wednesday, CNN); Picturing Mary (9 p.m. Friday, WPBT-PBS 2) -- Though these programs were all made by different producers and appear on different networks, they seem to be companion pieces. National Geographic's The Secret Lives Of Jesus and CNN's After Jesus both explore the controversies of the earliest days of Christianity -- particularly the debate over which of the dozens of accounts of Jesus'
activities should be included in the Bible's New Testament, establishing them as official canon. Theologians have been punching one another out over this stuff for 2,000 years, and after watching you may want to take some swings, too. But if nothing else the documentaries offer a startling glimpse into the diverse strands from which Christianity was woven. PBS' Picturing Mary, meanwhile, explores how different cultures have imagined the mother of Jesus must have looked, from the beatific Madonna images of Mexico to the sick old woman portrayed in Rembrandt's Death of the Virgin.


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