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SHIFT OF THE AGES

6:00 PM
Executive Producer Joseph Giove
Produced By Stephen Copeland and Myles Connolly
Directed By Stephen Copeland
Written By Stephen Copeland and Joseph Giove
Dramatic Documentary Feature (USA)
82 minutes
Q&A Following ScreeningShift of the Ages reveals the story of the Mayan culture and its sophisticated prophecies of time, as told for the first time by the Grand Elder of the Mayan people, Alejandro Cirilo Perez Oxlaj. The film, shot over the course of seven years, shares indigenous wisdom passed down to Wandering Wolf in a way that expresses the role human consciousness plays in connecting to the universe.

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SAMSARA

7:30 PM
Written By Ron Fricke and Mark Magidson
Directed By Ron Fricke
Produced By Mark Magidson Line Producer Myles Connolly
Documentary Feature (USA)
102 minutes
Q&A Following Screening

Filmed over nearly five years in twenty-five countries on five continents, Samsara is a visually breathtaking cinematic adventure shot entirely on 70 millimetre film. A triumph of the moving image, Samsara transports us to the varied worlds of sacred grounds, disaster zones, industrial complexes, and natural wonders in one unforgettable journey.


Thursday Feburary 7th

SAINT KATHARINE DREXEL

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6:00 PM
Directed By Mary Ann Sullivan
Short Film — Digital Poetry (USA)
3 minutesSaint Katharine Drexel was an American heiress who spent  her family fortune helping the poor. This film represents a new genre of poetry, called digital video poetry. Inspired by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, digital video poems explore shots as moving hieroglyphs and ideograms. Digital poets often combine animated hieroglyphs with words to craft their poems, returning to an ancient form of writing: the pictograph. But unlike early Chinese, Egyptian, and Greek hieroglyphs, these poetic symbols utilize cinematic motion.

GOD AND ALLAH NEED TO TALK

6:05 PM
Directed By Ruth Broyde Sharone
Documentary Short (USA)
25 minutesFollowing the devastating events of 9/11, filmmaker Ruth Broyde-Sharone saw an urgent need to document the efforts of courageous Muslims, Jews, and Christians in Los Angeles who are determined to bring healing to a fragmented nation. The film illustrates how interfaith dialogue, community outreach, and even dinner conversation can be harnessed to dissolve fear and suspicion and, ultimately, to create a path towards true reconciliation. God/Allah is always talking to us, but are we talking to one another?Q&A Following Screenings.

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MONTGOMERY

7:45 PM

Sponsored By SpiritClips From Hallmark
Dramatic Short Film (USA) 2:55 minutes

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WHAT ON EARTH?
7:48 PM
Directed By Suzanne Taylor
Documentary Feature (USA)
81 minutes

What On Earth deals intelligently, scientifically, and with a sweet sense of grandeur one of the globe’s most persistent and beautiful mysteries, the phenomenon known as crop circles. It easily dispenses with the notion that the vast majority of these beautiful formations in the world’s fields are human-made, and it explores with depth and cunning just how and why they might be here. If you have an inkling of adventure and a curiosity to other potentialities, you will savor this lovely and pleasant voyage, guided by filmmaker Suzanne Taylor, into the realms of the magnificent and our human relationship with it. The film offers a sensible cultural investigation, a thoughtful analysis, and a visionary exploration “outside the box” of conventional and superficial wisdom to suggest other worlds of possibility.

Q&A Following Screenings


Friday February 8th

HOW TO BOIL A FROG

11:00 AM
Produced By Jon Cooksey, Shelley Gillan, and Teri Woods McArter
Written and Directed By Jon Cooksey
Documentary Feature (Canada)
53 minutesHow to Boil a Frog is an eco-comedy that gives an overview of the Big Mess We’re In – environment, energy, economic – and lays out a set of personal solutions that will make your life better and save civilization as a by-product. This clever and good humored film journey chronicles Jon Cooksey’s personal, three-year adventure as a filmmaker, activist and, above all, a father driven to make sure his daughter would have a future beyond living on a raft with the last polar bear. The film mixes humor, facts and a sprinkling of experts to show how climate change is just one symptom of an even messier problem: overshoot. “Overshoot means too many people using up too little planet,” says Cooksey, “so in the end, we either need fewer people, more planets, or we’re going to have use less stuff. Or all three. I dib Mars.” With its Everyman approach in the style of “Supersize Me”, interviews with scientists, journalists and energy experts across North America, How To Boil A Frog suggests five ways that people can save habitability on the earth while improving their own lives at the same time.Q&A Following The Screenings

THE TIME IS…NOW

TIME: 3:15 PM
Produced By Praful Hiraskar
Directed By Vishal Hiraskar
Written By Barbara Ramsay
Documentary Feature (India)
91 minutes”The TIME Is…NOW” explores ordinary people who have survived extreme crises when the only thing they had to draw upon was their inner power and faith. Did these people know that they had some unique power before they were forced to face those situations? Was it the human spirit inside of them that endured? Or was it that in the most extreme situations their soul reached out to a higher power? These questions and others are addressed by World Leaders, Politicians, War Psychologists and Spiritual Leaders, intermixed with deeply personal stories and superb animation sequences to offer a view that human beings are actually instrumental in creating peace in the world. The Time Is Now…takes a stand that there is still HOPE for Peace.Q&A Following Screenings

AMERICAN EMPIRE

Time: 5:30 PM
Produced and Written By Patrea Patrick and Jack Tucker
Directed By Patrea Patrick
Documentary Feature (USA)
106 minutesCalled a “revolution in film” by The Huffington Post and a “provocative” production that “makes you think” by film Director Oliver Stone, American Empire received instant accolades after its premiere at the Abu Dhabi Film Festival as “the most controversial movie of the year…and quite possibly the decade.” The film has been described as “a gripping, provocative analysis of the current state of the U.S,” through its tale of corporate shenanigans, bank manipulation, and environmental damage. From the gigantic bailouts of the country’s largest banks to the destruction of the economy through corporate and government ties to genetically modified foods and global ecosystems, American Empire claims that the world as we know it is screaming for help, and makes a point that there, quite simply, are not enough resources remaining for the country to continue down its current path.Q&A Following Screenings

THE BLUE JEWEL

Time: 8:00 PM
Directed By Oliver Hauck
Documentary Feature (Germany)
100 minutes“The Blue Jewel” is a film by people for people. The film underlines in a unique manner how important it is for human beings to understand that they are One with the Earth. The film asks questions like: “How might our world look if human beings were to realize that they are one with the Earth?” “Or if we realized that humans are made of the same materials as a volcano or a raincloud?” “Or that the pulse of the Earth is One with the heartbeats of human beings?” “Or that human beings are intelligent, conscious creatures with free will, able to take responsibility for their actions at any time in respect to our planet.” Filmed in a myriad of locations around the globe, the film is a stunning visual masterpiece mixed with narration recorded from the point of view of Mother Earth, voicing in a unique manner how important it is to protect “The Blue Jewel” which is Our Home, Our Mother, Our Earth.Q&A Following Screenings

Saturday February 9th
(Children’s, Family and Community Harmony Day)

RISE AND SHINE BREAKFAST

9:00 AM
Celebrity Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Famous
Border Grill Food Truck will be on-site cooking up a special Breakfast Menu for purchase to kick off the morning. Come early and enjoy some great food at reasonable prices before the Family Shorts Program begins!
Note: The truck will be on-site all day for food purchase.

FAMILY SHORTS PROGRAM ONE (FREE)

10:00 AM
Sponsored By: SpiritClips From Hallmark
CHESS GAME
CHIVALRY IN THE SKY
LOOK UP
FAMILY DANCE
KAMIKAZE
KORENGAL

AN INTERFAITH CAROL (FREE)

10:35 AM
Directed By First Drops Interfaith Youth Group
Young Voices For Harmony — Youth Film (USA)
9 minutesQ&A Following Screenings

WHAT YOU SAY CAN HURT US (FREE)

10:45 AM
Directed By First Drops Interfaith Youth Group
Young Voices For Harmony — Youth Film (USA)
5 minutesQ&A Following Screenings

THE LITTLE FROG (FREE)

10:50 AM
Sponsored By: Spirit Clips From Hallmark
Animated Short Film (USA)
2:25 minutes

THE CRACKED POT (FREE)

10:55 AM
Sponsored By: Spirit Clips From Hallmark
Animated Short Film (USA)
3:50 minutes

FAMILY SHORTS PROGRAM TWO (FREE)

11:00 AM
Sponsored By: SpiritClips From Hallmark
SINK OR SWIM
A GOOD DEED
SALLY
MONTGOMERY
THE HOSPITAL WINDOW

GOLDEN RULE
(ADMISSION BY DONATION)

11:30 AM
Sponsored By: SpiritClips From Hallmark
Documentary Short Film (USA)
3 minutes

ANIMATING THE GOLDEN RULE (ADMISSION BY DONATION)

11:33 AM
Directed By Tina Petrova
Documentary Short Film (Canada)
23 minutesHistorians tell us that between the ninth and second centuries B.C.E. a new concept for living came into the consciousness of humans. Inexplicably it filtered throughout the world and began to appear in the sacred records of all civilizations. The concept was that of Compassion. And the focal point of this was the Ethic of Reciprocity; commonly know as the Golden Rule. Animating the Golden Rule is a captivating journey through the world’s variety of faith traditions examining and exploring one of the fundamental tenets underlying many of the world’s religions: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Through music, rap and drama as animated by grade 10 and 11 youth, the film explores how ideals of multiculturalism, diversity, ethics, youth and global citizenship tie directly into this Golden Rule philosophy.Film Screening Followed By Q&A with Tina Petrova and
A Special World Interfaith Harmony Workshop:
“Creating Harmony With The Golden Rule” (For All Ages)
Tina Petrova has been part of the Canadian film, television and stage scene for over 30 years as an award winning actress, writer, producer and director.  She is an alumnus of Academy Award Winner Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre, and film critics have dubbed Tina as “a driving force” and “visionary”, creating works of “faith and healing”.  Nelson Publishing, Canada’s premiere textbook publisher, licensed excerpts from “Animating the Golden Rule” for their Teachers Resource Guide 2010 World Religion Textbook. She is co-author of “The Golden Rule Guidebook” for educators and is an accredited juror for The Coalition for Quality Children’s Media. Tina is co-producer of 2 brand new WEB TV channels: GoldenRule TV and Chronic Pain TV, and she is appearing at TED X Durham Ontario as a guest speaker in May 2013.

INTERFAITH HARMONY MEET AND GREET DIALOGUE LUNCHEON

1:00 PM
Celebrity Chefs Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger’s Famous
Border Grill Food Truck will be on-site to offer a special Lunch Menu for purchase during our Childrens, Family, and Community World Interfaith Harmony Luncheon. Come inside after you purchase your meal to chat, meet, and greet friends from the USA and around the World. Special Guests from the local Interfaith Community will be facilitating stimulating dialogue.
Note: The truck will be on-site all day for food purchase.

YANGSI: REINCARNATION IS JUST THE BEGINNING (Suitable For All Ages)

2:15 PM
Directed By Mark Elliot
Documentary Feature (USA)
82 minutes

An intimate portrait of a young Tibetan boy who is recognized as the reincarnation of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, one of the most revered Tibetan Buddhist masters of the twentieth century. He is known as The Yangsi, “the one who has come again into existence”. Providing a unique window into the world of Tibetan Buddhism, this film is a coming of age story with universal themes, made over a fourteen year period by Mark Elliott, an acclaimed film maker and longtime student of Tibetan Buddhism. Beginning with his enthronement at age four before a crowd of fifteen thousand people in Kathmandu, Nepal, the young teacher gives a first person account of his experience of growing up in, and coming to terms with, his unique inheritance. With unprecedented access, the film chronicles the Yangsi’s life during his training in Tibetan philosophy and various rituals, filmed intimately and beautifully in Nepal and the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.

Q&A Following Screenings


DIVIDED WE FALL

4:00 PM
Produced and Written By Valarie Kaur
Directed By Sharat Raju
Documentary Feature (USA)
92 minutes

More than 1,000 hate crimes were reported within one week of September 11, 2001, and at least nineteen people were murdered in hate violence in the twelve months following September 11th. The wave of hate crimes and hate violence affected Muslim Americans and anyone perceived to be Muslim: Sikh, Arab, South Asian, Latino, and other brown-skinned Americans. Incidents occurred in every part of the public sphere: houses, workplaces, airports, school grounds, and street corners, in nearly every major city in the United States. In targeted communities, temples were burned, homes vandalized, families threatened, jobs denied, children bullied, women harassed, men and boys beaten and murdered. In fall of 2001, a young woman took off around the country following these hate crimes against the Sikh American community–her community–with a video camera and a streak of bravery. What began as a solitary journey to document untold stories became an award-winning documentary film that inspired a movement for brave new dialogue about race and religion in America.

Q&A Following Screenings


HEART OF A MURDERER

6:30 PM
Produced By Renato Spaventa
Directed By Catherine McGilvray
Documentary Feature (Italy)
58 minutes

How is it humanly possible to receive your daughter’s killer into your home?  The Heart of a Murderer, set in India, tells the true story of Samunder Singh, a twenty-two-year-old fanatic Hindu, who in 1995 murdered Sister Rani Maria, a Franciscan missionary nun from Kerala. The powerful mystery of forgiveness is at the center of the film, illustrating how unconditional forgiveness can truly transform hatred into love.

Q&A Following Screenings


FINDING JOE

8:15 PM
Directed By Patrick Solomon
Documentary Feature (USA)
80 minutes

In the early 20th century, while studying world mythology, Joseph Campbell discovered a pattern hidden in every story ever told and he called it “the heroes journey”. A truly inspirational film, FINDING JOE takes us on the ultimate heroes journey: the journey of self discovery. As you slay dragons and uncover treasures, you just may find that the holy grail you seek is closer than you think. Rooted in deeply personal accounts and timeless stories, Finding Joe shows how Campbell’s work is relevant and essential in today’s world and how it provides a narrative for how to live a fully realized life – or as Campbell would simply state, how to “follow your bliss”.

Featuring: Deepak Chopra, Mick Fleetwood, Rashida Jones, Tony Hawk, Catherine Hardwicke, Laird Hamilton, Robert Walter, Akiva Goldsman, Sir Ken Robinson, Robin Sharma, Lynne Kaufman, Alan Cohen, Brian Johnson, Joseph Marshall III, Rebecca Armstrong, Chungliang Al Huang, David L. Miller, Gay Hendricks, David Loy and Norman Ollestad.

Q&A Following Screenings


Sunday February 10th

BODHISATTVA

9:00 AM
Directed By Mark Elliot
Documentary Feature (USA)
60 minutes

‘Bodhisattva’ portrays the Seventeenth Gyalwa Karmapa, one of the most important Lamas in the world of Tibetan Buddhism. Many view him as the natural successor to the Dalai Lama as the face of Tibetan Buddhism to the world for the next generation. The film interweaves footage shot on tour with superb background footage of the Karmapa’s childhood in Tibet, sequences in Dharamsala, India, and film of the previous Sixteenth Karmapa, capturing a portrait of this young man of extraordinary warmth, humanity and charisma.

Q&A Following Screenings


SAINT DAMIEN OF MOLOKAI

12:10 PM
Directed By Mary Ann Sullivan
Digital Poetry (USA)
5 minutes

Saint Damien Of Molokai volunteered to serve lepers on the island of Molokai, which resulted in the Saint becoming a leper himself. This selfless act of kindness inspired the world to assist the ailing leper colony. This film represents a new genre of poetry, called digital video poetry. Inspired by filmmaker Sergei Eisenstein, digital video poems explore shots as moving hieroglyphs and ideograms. Digital poets often combine animated hieroglyphs with words to craft their poems, returning to an ancient form of writing: the pictograph. But unlike early Chinese, Egyptian, and Greek hieroglyphs, these poetic symbols utilize cinematic motion.

ICUJP: A CLEAR VISION

12:15 PM
Produced By Stephen Fiske and Andy Griggs
Directed By Robert Corsini
Documentary Short (USA)
12 minutes

For over a decade, Interfaith Communities United For Justice and Peace (ICUJP) has followed a clear mission — to organize communities of faith and conscience to stop blessing war and violence in the face of armed conflict, injustice and intolerance; and to advocate for Justice, Peace, and Human Dignity, by speaking truth to power – to whomever is in power. This 12 minute video, narrated by actor, peace activist and anti-death penalty advocate, Mike Farrell, tells the inspiring story of how ICUJP, under the visionary leadership of Dr. Rev. George Regas, Dr. Rev. James Lawson, and others from a wide spectrum of faith traditions, was formed in the wake of the 9/11 tragedy.  This compelling documentary describes how ICUJP has organized communities of faith and conscience to pursue justice and peace through direct non-violent action, and demonstrates the viability of Interfaith organizing as an effective tool for Justice and Peace both with the United State and in countries around the World.

Film Screenings Followed By Q&A with the Filmmakers
and a musical piece by Songwriter and Musician Stephen Longfellow Fiske

DIALOGUE IN NIGERIA:
MUSLIMS AND CHRISTIANS CREATING THEIR FUTURE

1:00 PM
Produced By Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue (USA)
Produced By New Era Educational & Charitable Support Foundation (Nigeria)
Directed By Libby and Len Traubman
Documentary Feature (USA and Nigeria)
65 minutes

200 courageous Muslims and Christians — young women and men unite successfully in Jos, central Nigeria. Refusing to be enemies, they are together during days and evenings of the 2010 International Conference on Youth and Interfaith Communication. Crossing lines of religion, economics, tribe, and gender they transcend the status quo and discover empathy for each other.
Listening-to-learn, they dignify themselves and the “other” realizing that “an enemy is one whose story we have not heard.” Face to face in small circles they begin with ice-breakers and continue in depth, discovering one another’s equal humanity – fear, grief, needs, hopes, and concrete plans for a shared future.

Film Screening Followed By A Special:
World Interfaith Harmony Workshop
“Cinema Creating Community: Hearing Audience Voices

Co-Facilitated by Filmmakers Libby and Len Traubman
In addition to being a retired clinical social worker and a distinguished Alumnus of the University of California School of Dentistry, Libby and Len Traubman co-founded the 20-year-old Jewish-Palestinian Living Room Dialogue of San Mateo preparing for its 250th meeting. For 30 years Libby and Len Traubman have helped bring “enemies” together and have published on successful public peace processes from personal experience with Soviets and Americans, Armenians and Azerbaijanis, Jews and Palestinians, and most recently Muslim and Christian Nigerians. Since 1997 they have co-created six films modeling a new quality of listening and communication. Libby also helped organize the 1991 Beyond War conference for Israeli and Palestinian citizen-leaders resulting in a historic signed document, Framework For A Public Peace Process. For her community service and global influence, Libby was inducted into the San Mateo County Women’s Hall of Fame.


SPECIAL SCREENING OF
ACADEMY AWARD WINNING

SHORT FILM
DURING THE AWARDS PROGRAM

7:00 PM

With Special Guest To Be Announced