Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

No No: A Dockumentary

Academic journal article Journal of Religion and Film

No No: A Dockumentary

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No No: A Dockumentary is the story of Pittsburgh Pirate pitcher, Dock Ellis. Dock played for the Pirates at a time when many baseball players used drugs of various sorts and Dock was no exception. Although he once pitched a no hitter under the influence of LSD, for the most part his drug use cost him two marriages and shortened his career. After reaching rock bottom, Dock Ellis checked himself into rehab and stayed there longer than necessary, determined to be successful in his rehabilitation. Eventually Dock Ellis became a drug and alcohol counselor, helping others who were dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

Dock Ellis' story is one of redemption. In the later years of his life, he made a significant effort to make up for what he had done in his younger years. He made the effort to redeem himself. There are many redemption stories in film. We enjoy them, primarily because we like to think that there is hope, hope that we can make up for in some way the bad things that we have done in our lives. There is, of course, the Christian idea of redemption, where Jesus dies for our sins. But for many people redemption is not something we are given, but something we earn. We have to work for our redemption. This is a common thing in our lives, trying to make up for our mistakes, our bad behavior, the evil we have done. …

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