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Stories are a medium through which we encounter the personal and communal power of religion and spirituality. Films provide a vivid way to tell those stories, and gain new perspectives and understanding.

 

The Imam and the Pastor

Alan Channer

This stirring documentary tells the story of Pentecostal Pastor James Wuye and Muslim Imam Mohammed Ashafa, former ringleaders of militias involved in the Christian/Muslim strife in Nigeria. Pastor James loses a hand in the fighting, while Imam Ashafa’s two cousins and his spiritual leader fall victim to the unrest. Realizing that forgiveness is a principle held in common by both Islam and Christianity, the two men lay down their weapons and establish a Christian-Muslim Interfaith Mediation Centre in the northern state of Kaduna.

 

Soldiers of Peace

Tim Wise

Contrary to popular belief, there are fewer armed conflicts in the world today than ever before. However, the world is faced with new challenges from climate change, to a lack of fresh drinking water, to ever decreasing bio-diversity, to diminishing oil reserves and an ever-growing population. This documentary film examines the different ways in which governments and individuals can face these problems – through war or peace.

 

The Journey of the Universe

Brian Swimme and Mary Evelyn Tucker

The current environmental crisis has its roots in humanity’s divisions and lack of planetary consciousness. This new film reconnects us with our shared roots by providing the longest possible view of our common heritage. Beginning with the Big Bang, through the formation of stars, galaxies and planets, and the emergence of life on Planet Earth, this film provides a scientific context for the critical nature of the present moment in human history.

 

Premier: Sacred Planet

Global Ethics and Religion Forum/Joseph Runzo

Stunningly filmed on location in the Canadian Yukon Territories, Southern California, and Japan, this film shows that the world’s religions have an essential role in changing our destructive attitudes and fostering a sense of sacred connection and proper stewardship towards the environment. Indigenous First Nations traditions of the Yukon and the spiritual traditions of Japan are highlighted as the film transitions from the rugged Yukon to the high tech city of Toyoma, showcasing divergent perspectives that can inform a global outlook. With a rich tapestry of 25 interviews, ranging from Cambridge University scientists to Buddhist priests, The Sacred Planet encourages science, government, business, NGO's, ordinary citizens, and the world’s religious traditions to work together for sustainable living and the preservation of our sacred planet for future generations.

 

Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action

Roberta Grossman

Nearly all Native American nations live on land threatened by environmental hazards – from toxic waste, to strip mining, from oil drilling, to nuclear contamination. The documentary film Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action tells the stories of five activists in four communities dedicated to protecting Indian lands against environmental disaster, while preserving their sovereignty and ensuring cultural survival.

 

The Episcopal Church Confronts Racism: Traces of the Trade

Denise Yarbrough

In the documentary Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North, filmmaker Katrina Browne discovers that her New England ancestors were the largest slave-trading family in U.S. history. She and nine cousins retrace the Triangle Trade and gain a powerful new perspective on the black/white divide. This program also shows how the Episcopal Church USA has worked to heal the pain of its participation in the pervasive racism in the history of the United States.

 

Beyond Beliefs – Muslims and Non-Muslims Living in Australia

Dr Pamela Ryan, Issues Deliberation Australia / America (IDA)

Riots in Sydney in 2005 signaled a deepening divide between Muslims and non-Muslims in Australia. In March 2007, some 400 Australians took over Old Parliament House in Canberra for three days to consider how to bridge this divide. This film suggests how the principles of deliberative democracy may be used to build reconciliation, understanding, and social cohesion.

 

An Islamic Conscience: The Aga Khan and the Ismailis

Shamir Allibhai

The Aga Khan has been the spiritual leader of 15 million Ismaili Muslims for the past five decades. Born into wealth and privilege, he has devoted his life to eliminating poverty and inequality. At a time when Islam is at odds within itself and with the West, this film presents the Aga Khan as a voice of moderation, speaking out for pluralism, and promoting dialogue between civilizations.

 

Divided We Fall

Valarie Kaur

Valarie Kaur, a 20-year-old college student, traveled throughout the United States in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks documenting the reaction against Sikh, Muslim, and Arab American communities. In 2005, director Sharat Raju and his crew joined Valarie as she retraced her steps across the country, revisiting her original interviewees and speaking with many others about race and religion in 21st century America.

 

Not in God’s Name

Paula Fouce

In India in 1984, filmmaker Paula Fouce was trapped in the religious tumult following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh bodyguards. Her own life threatened, Fouce could not understand the horrifying conflict so often spread in the name of God. Inspired especially by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Paula and a team of award winning filmmakers united to create this beautiful documentary on the search for tolerance.

 

The Soul of Kalaupapa

Fred E. Woods

From 1866 to 1969 the Kalaupapa peninsula on the Hawaiian island of Molokai was home to over 8,000 patients isolated there due to the fear of spreading Hansen’s disease. From a mixture of cultures and religions, the patients at Kalaupapa enjoyed a degree of cooperation touching not only the residents but also those who visited and served at the settlement. The Soul of Kalaupapa is a film that captures the powerful spirit of intercultural collaboration at this unusual settlement.

 

With One Voice

Matthew Flickstein

With One Voice brings together mystics from fourteen different spiritual traditions to share their perspectives on the unifying truth that transcends all religions. In this documentary, these teachers address profound questions about life and love, the existence of God, the path to spiritual awakening and the way to true peace in the world. They ask us to look within our own hearts and listen deeply, so we too can join the conversation and speak With One Voice.
http://www.alivemindmedia.com/films/with-one-voice/

 

The Last Yoik in Saami Forests?

Hannu Hyvönen

Over the last half-century, population growth and logging damage has taken its toll on the forests of Finnish Lapland. These forests are essential to the indigenous Saami people’s reindeer herding and traditional ways of life. This film discusses alternatives to logging as well as more efficient uses for Lappish timber, but the issue of indigenous land rights is at the root of this story of economic pressure and cultural survival.

 

Compassion Rising

Michael Fitzpatrick

Rooted in the historic encounter between the Trappist monk Thomas Merton and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this film reveals a musical experience that expresses the connection between spirituality and the arts. This film was undertaken with the intention of creating a new music derived from the chant traditions of East and West. Filmed in the world’s largest cave, this music evokes feelings of compassion, peace, harmony and love.

 

New Muslim Cool

Jennifer Maytorena Taylor, Hamza Pérez

Twelve years ago, Puerto Rican American rapper Hamza Pérez renounced his life as a drug dealer and converted to Islam. Moving to Pittsburgh’s tough North Side, he founds a religious community, rebuilds his shattered family, and, through his music, takes his message of faith to young people. But when the FBI raids his mosque, Hamza must confront the realities of the post-9/11 world and reach for a deeper understanding of his faith.

 

Not Broken

Father Armando Ibanez

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast of the United States, including the city of New Orleans. People of all races and ethnicities, from all walks of life, and from many different faiths were forced to unite, not only during the disaster, but also along the lengthy and ongoing road to recovery. This award-winning documentary shows how, amid the most trying of circumstances, spirituality shapes, transforms and expresses our common humanity.

 

American Outrage

George Gage and Beth Gage

On five occasions federal marshals have confiscated more than a thousand head of livestock owned by Western Shoshone sisters Carrie and Mary Dann charging that the sisters are grazing animals on public land. The Dann sisters claim that this range was recognized as Western Shoshone land by the United States in the 1863 and that the real reason for the government’s interest is the treasure hidden beneath the range. This documentary traces the elderly sisters’ fight from the United States Supreme Court, to the Organization of American States, to the United Nations.

 

Numen: The Nature of Plants

Isla Burgess Ann Armbrecht Terrence Youk

This documentary film explores the healing power of plants around the globe and throughout human history. It focuses on the importance of preserving traditional methods of herbal healing and the plants that provide these remedies. It includes interviews with herbalists, ethno-botanists, naturopaths, journalists, and many other experts from the herbal world.

 

Chief's Prophecy: Survival of the Northern Cheyenne Nation

Leo Killsback

Forced onto a reservation in 1884, the Northern Cheyenne began to lose touch with their cultural values and forms of leadership. A Cheyenne Chief prophesied that the Nation would return to its traditional ways after 100 years. This film presents the history of the Northern Cheyenne and how a new generation of leaders hopes to restore the traditional values of this embattled Nation.

 

A Course in Miracles Unleashed: A Direct Encounter with Jesus Christ in the Evolution and Enlightenment of the Human Species

Cameron and Ellie Kennedy

The film takes the viewer on a journey into the universal process of spiritual enlightenment, through the experience of over 100 ordinary men and women from around the world who are awakened and illuminated by the Course in Miracles. The film producer and other participants from the film will then witness to and facilitate the immediacy and inevitability of this transformation in all of us.

 

Blue Gold: World Water Wars

Sam Bozzo

The needs of housing and industry, coupled with the over development of agriculture, have increased the global demand for fresh water far beyond the limited supply. This film asks viewers to imagine a world where water has become a commodity, a world where corporations force developing countries to privatise their water supplies, and where governments use water as leverage for economic and political advantage. Military control of water supplies could change the geo-political map and lead to world water wars. This film tells stories from around the world of people who struggle for the right to water, from lawsuits to local protests, and from legislative changes to political revolutions.

 

Tackling Peace

Marc Radomsky

This film tells the inspirational story of Israeli and Palestinian youths who unite over the game of Australian football. Overcoming difficulties in travel and differences in language and diet, the young men from different worlds form a bond under the banner of sport. The film goes behind the scenes as athletes from either side of a bloody war set aside a lifetime of prejudice and hostility to compete as a team.

 

Australia’s Muslim Women

Shazia Fiaz

For many Australians the Muslim women in their midst remain a mystery. This film demystifies Australian Muslim women and allows their individual voices to be heard. It features a group of vibrant women who describe what it is like to be a participant in two different cultures.
http://www.campfire.net.au/node/122



Burma VJ

Anders Østergaard

In Burma's police state, video journalists (VJs) risk their lives to make the world aware of events inside their nation. Equipped with small cameras, the VJs project the struggle of the Burmese people on TV screens worldwide. This film tells the story of "Joshua," a 27-year-old VJ thrust into the role of tactical leader of a group of reporters when monks lead a massive, peaceful uprising against the regime.

 

Campfire Film Festival Awards

Campfire Film Festival

The Campfire Film Festival is an international online-live hybrid film festival exploring matters of faith, religion and spirituality. Born in Melbourne, Australia, it draws on both film experts and faith representatives from around Australia as it's key evaluators. The inaugural Campfire Awards ceremony will be held on Sunday November 29 as an Offsite event of the 2009 Parliament. More...

 

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