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What Matters? - Exploring Important Questions While Living in Poverty
What Matters? (formerly called Give a Damn?) is an award-winning feature length documentary that reveals a powerful perspective on what really matters in life. It is an inspiring story about three young men (an Atheist and two Christians) who journey across three continents immersing themselves in poverty. Their intent is…
Hajj
Part of the Series: Sacred Journeys
"The Hajj is the iconic pilgrimage on Earth," says host Bruce Feiler, as millions of pilgrims gather in the valleys outside the city of Mecca in today's Saudi Arabia to take part in the annual five-day pilgrimage every Muslim hopes to complete at least once. Since non-Muslims aren't permitted in…
Taqwacore - The Birth Of Punk Islam
Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk Islam, chronicles the nascent Muslim punk rock movement in America. It was inspired by the work of Michael Knight, who converted to Islam in rebellion against his white-supremacist father. He went on to pen the novel The Taqwacores (a term combining the Muslim concept of…
400 Miles to Freedom
"That night I just remember running. No time to catch your breath, just running, because you want to be gone from the village before the sun comes up." -Avishai Mekonen, 400 MILES TO FREEDOM In 1984, the Beta Israel, a secluded 2,500-year-old community of observant Jews in the northern Ethiopian…
Fashioning Faith - Islamic Fashion
When most Americans think of the Islamic veil, the image of Afghan women in blue burkas or the black chador of the Islamic Republic of Iran may come to mind. But what about the Muslim-American woman who easily combines her headscarf with jeans or haute couture gowns? Fashioning Faith takes…
The Mosque In Morgantown - Issues Facing Islam in America
When Muslim writer and activisit Asra Nomani returns to her hometown mosque in West Virginia, she believes she sees signs of trouble: exclusion of women, intolerance toward nonbelievers, suspicion of the West. Her resulting campaign for change alienates would-be allies in the mosque, leading many to wonder who most deserves…
What is Islam?
Islam has 1.6 billion followers around the world - so perhaps it's where host Tevya will find the answer's he's looking for. He starts out with a visit to the Taric Islamic Centre where he learns why it is important to cleanse himself before prayer, what Halal is, an introduction…
Ave Maria
An Israeli settler family crash their car outside an isolated convent in the occupied West Bank. Their only hope of getting home rests with five nuns who have taken a vow of silence. Academy Award Nominee - 2016 Oscars Official Selection/Short Film Competition - Cannes International Film Festival 2015
The Hatoma Films - Four Documentaries about a Depopulated Japanese Island
Sacred Vandals (55 mins) - The setting is tiny Hatoma Island, population 47, in Okinawa Prefecture - part of Japan, yet not Japanese. This personal documentary invites the audience to share the experiences of the women through informal conversations and through extracts from the filmmaker's own diary. It reveals the…
Mariam - A Young Muslim Girl Comes of Age
French Muslim teenager, Mariam, must choose between her hijab & school when France passes a law in 2004 banning religious symbols from public schools. A rare portrait of the coming-of-age of a Muslim teen, the film addresses the themes of Islamophobia, the diversity of the Muslim experience, the choice of…
Dear Mr. Watterson - The Era of Calvin & Hobbes
Calvin & Hobbes dominated the Sunday comics in thousands of newspapers for over 10 years, having a profound effect on millions of readers across the globe. When the strip's creator, Bill Watterson, retired the strip on New Year's Eve in 1995, devoted readers everywhere felt the void left by the…
Bön: Mustang to Menri
Bon: Mustang to Menri tells the story of Asonam, a 10 yr. old boy, who made a journey from his homeland, the ancient kingdom of Mustang (now part of Nepal) to Menri Monastery in Northern India. There Asonam made the commitment to become a Geshe, equivalent to a PhD, and…