Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival
What is the purpose of existence; the nature of true love? Film is the ideal medium to illuminate timeless human questions, and the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival held this past fall, in Sun Valley, Idaho, highlighted thirty-four spiritual films from around the world.
The Festival's Grand Prize Winner The Big Question (directed by Italians Francesco Cabras and Alberto Molinari) featured cast members from Mel Gibson's The Passion of Christ discussing the mysteries of religious faith and practice (as well as atheism) in between takes of the controversial blockbuster. Charming, tragic, hilarious, and always thought provoking, this film is available at www.amazon.com
The Peace Tree, a Canadian film, is a fictional story that illuminates the potentials for friendship between Christians and Muslims. This hopeful but realistic film deserves special mention as it is utterly entertaining for children as well as adults.
Argentine director Diego Rafeca's Un Buda, concerns two brothers whose intellectual parents were killed by government assassins when they were small boys. As their adult lives self-destruct, shared crises bring them and the women who love them to a new understanding of how they can live their lives with maximum meaning and love.
Â January/February 2007