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Focus on impact of religion during international film festival in Italy

2013-09-17

Post-apartheid South Africa, once the setting of so much suffering, today remains a place of healing and reconciliation.    

"But I was the minister, and I take the responsibility of what the police and some of the defense people did to your children.”

But can the lessons learned on division, equality and human dignity be applied to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? The documentary One Day After Peace follows the mother of a slain Israeli soldier as she explores the topic in-depth.

"I will show you a picture of David.”

The film will be screened at the Religion Today Film Festival, an international showcase of films on religious differences and dialogue. The 16th edition kicks off on October 11.

KATIA MALATESTA
Director, Religion Today Film Festival
"We are aware that there is a problem of violence existing in any religious community, and the idea of the festival, and of every man and woman in the world, fighting for a better future, fighting for an utopia, is exactly to go beyond that, the seed of violence which is part of our nature as human beings.”

The 11-day festival will feature a total of 52 films divided into three sections: short films, documentaries, and full-feature stories. The topics range from a short story of German pastor who runs into a crisis of faith with the death of his mother, to the stories of two different men on the eve of the Syrian civil war.

NIBRAS BREIGHECHE
Religion Today Film Festival
"They're topics that deal not only with religious coexistence, but also human rights, so they involve the international community, as well as humanity.”

This year, organizers created two new categories, after receiving a large number of submissions that address violence against women, and the conflict in the Holy Land. 

In addition to the films, the festival includes several forums on topics like immigration and international relations.  

KATIA MALATESTA
Director, Religion Today Film Festival
"Nowadays, especially young people really have some pain finding big ideas to share, to fight for. So we though that it could be a starting point for putting different minds together for a fruitful dialogue.”

Several cities, including Rome, will host brief previews for the festival. The international jury will choose the four grand winners, while special juries will also hand out awards for the individual categories, like Told in Shorts or Time of the Assassins.

Recognition aside, the films offer viewers the chance to reflect on the role of religion and dialogue, a conversation that organizers hope can lead to peaceful coexistence.


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