The conflict between the Catholic Bishops and the White House over contraceptive coverage has American Catholics choosing sides.
Catholics narrowly support the White House position in polls. There are potential political consequences: In presidential elections, Catholics are swing voters. They supported Al Gore in 2000, President George W. Bush in '04 and President Obama in '08.
The GOP presidential hopefuls are certainly using this issue. Framing it as a question of religious freedom is a guaranteed way to fire up the conservative base.
Pascale Armand plays Jekesai, later christened as Ester, who's taken in by a black Catholic missionary when she flees an arranged marriage in 1890s Rhodesia.
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Director Emily Mann says Gurira's three-dimensional characters illustrate the tension for those caught between Western civilization and traditional African culture.
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Playwright and actress Danai Gurira has won several awards for her plays <em>Eclipsed</em> and<em> In the Continuum, </em>and has appeared in several stage and film productions, including 2007's <em>The Visitor</em>.