His new film, Saving Christmas, is going to take a look at various elements surrounding Christmas such as its origins and place in our modern culture.
The Saving Christmas website was hacked by Muslim hacking group from Turkey called the Ayyildiz Tim International Force. According to The Blaze, on Sunday and Monday morning, visitors to the site saw Turkish messages and were sent to Ayyildiz Tim’s Twitter account after hearing music and a gunshot.
The message translated to ”The Turkish spirit will shine again and the use of weapons will emerge in the nation’s history as this hero will shine again.” It was accompanied by an image of a man in armor.
Read full article at World Religion News
Saving Christmas at IMDB
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Paul MacInnes talks to the actor about her animated version of Kahlil Gibran’s bestseller The Prophet
Your animated adaptation of Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is about a deported poet delivering sermons. It’s not your average children’s movie.
What’s great about the story is that it’s very simplistic. It’s not complicated philosophy or even that sophisticated writing. However, it’s managed to touch so many people because there’s a lot of truth in what he says. His story doesn’t teach so much as remind you of things that you know deep down.
Read full interview at The Guardian
The Prophet at IMDB
Why do individuals need an authentic source? Why must we have a real guru or supernatural force to legitimize our faith? In the film Kumaré, Kumaré’s followers were willing to listen to him because he seemed to be a real guru. However, as the film progressed, Kumaré provided the same amount of help and peace that one derives from a “real” religion. In a sense, the film demonstrated that authenticity is not necessary to give people what they need.
Read full review at Pop Culture/Pop Religion
Kumaré at IMDB
Foreign Body explores the plight of Italian Angelo (Riccardo Leonelli) who falls for fellow Catholic Kasia (Agata Buzek) while on a religious retreat in Italy.
However, Kasia is decided on taking her vows and entering a Polish nunnery, which Angelo tries to prevent by following her to Warsaw, where he takes a job in an international corporation.
Once in Warsaw, Angelo finds that his cynical new boss Kris (Agnieszka Grochowska) is keen to push him to transgress his moral code.
“Foreign Body was a difficult project to develop,” Zanussi has said.
“It is based on an original script which worked on the assumption that it would evolve into a serious conversation with a demanding viewer.”
Read full article at TheNews.pl
Foreign Body at IMDB
The church that conquered the album charts is hoping to do the same at the box office. The Hillsong Church’s latest foray into mass media is the feature film, Hillsong: Let Hope Rise, which will be distributed by Roadshow Films and Warner Bros for a simultaneous American and Australian release in the first week of April next year. Not that anyone wants to talk about it. Representatives of the Sydney-headquartered megachurch refused to talk about the documentary or its content, referring Reel Time to Warner Bros in the US, which refused to respond. All that is known is Michael John Warren is directing the film and he has a heady resume, including the 2004 documentary feature about Jay Z, Fade to Black, and recent docos about Drake (Better Than Good Enough) and Nicki Minaj (My Time is Now).
Read full article at The Australian
Hillsong: Let Hope Rise at IMDB
The Hindu Kumbh Mela festival is the largest gathering of religious pilgrims in the world and takes place at the intersection of the Yamuna, Ganges and mythical Saraswati rivers.
In 2013 the festival drew a record 120 million pilgrims, and in the midst of the chaos it easy to imagine how one could get lost. A new documentary by filmmaker Pan Nalin tells the story of three lost children — one who ran away from home, one who was kidnapped and one who was abandoned — all with the massive festival as backdrop.
Read full article at Huffington Post
Faith Connections at IMDB
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Why did you decide to take on a subject this important?
I would like to say that the issues pertaining to Islam are very important not only in the Muslim world, but in the West as well. I have been trying to do my very best to spread the proper understanding of Islam. It is most unfortunate that the true spirit of Islam has been distorted, to a great extent because of politics.
This is the reason why I wanted to make this film for the entire world rather than only for the Muslim world. I wanted to share and spread the right understanding of this religion, the right understanding of Islam through this film. Of course it is impossible to reveal the greatness of this religion in its entirety in just one film. But I did it to the very best of my ability.
Read full interview at RT.com
These films are examples of passion plays, or are inspired by the current of traditional religious stories that pass through the center of any given culture.
Why Has The Bodhidharma Left For The East
The Korean film Why Has The Bodhidharma Left for the East created by Bae Yong-kyun, may be difficult to get your hands on, but can serve as an insightful and appropriately cryptic look at the fundamental concerns of Zen Buddhism.
The Burmese Harp
There is a classic Japanese post-war film The Burmese Harp directed by Kon Ichikawa in 1956, which deals with a more generalized spirit of Buddhism, and is a film that may introduce you to Japanese Buddhism in the modern age.
Sikh, Muslim and Hindu relations are explored in the 2012 film, Partition, directed by Vic Sarin. The story is set in the 1947 partition of the Punjab.
Read full, annotated list/post by Religion and the Honest Student
In its original religious context, Leviathan is a sea monster mentioned by God in the Book of Job to demonstrate (for the umpteenth time) his power over even the most fearsome parts of nature. By now, though, we’re familiar with Leviathan as a secular symbol, whether representing the magnitude of nature that, with no powerful god to subjugate it, still threatens to overwhelm humanity, or, following Thomas Hobbes, a mighty head of state that brings order to anarchic human society. Andrey Zvyagintsev’s film Leviathan starts as a story about political corruption in a Northern Russian town before eventually extending into a full-blown reimagining of the Book of Job, which might make you think that it’s harkening back to the original notion of its eponymous monster. Zvyagintsev’s intents, however, are more difficult to ascertain. As the film’s scope expands, the meaning of Leviathan in the film becomes a moving target, the ultimate joke being on those who think any single interpretation is the final and correct one.
Read full review at Slant Magazine
Leviathan at IMDB