For Immediate Release: South Carolina ETV and Paradise Filmworks are pleased to announce that NOT IN GOD’S NAME: IN SEARCH OF TOLERANCE WITH THE DALAI LAMA will be released for public television broadcast via NETA, the National Educational Telecommunications Association in Spring 2010. This hour-long documentary is distributed nationally by the National Educational Television Association (NETA) and directed by Paula Fouce of Paradise Filmworks.
Today’s world is ravaged by divisions between faiths. At any given time there are 50 conflicts being fought around the world in the name of religion. Why is religious fanaticism on the rise? Why do people kill in the name of God? Filmmaker Paula Fouce goes on a quest in search of answers to these questions, meeting the Dalai Lama and many religious leaders on the way.
In India in 1984, filmmaker Paula Fouce personally saw the extremes people will go to in the name of their faith, when she was trapped in the religious riot following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh bodyguards in Delhi. Fouce’s bus was stopped by Hindus to pull off Sikhs to kill in retribution. The area exploded in days of carnage. These experiences were part of the motivation behind her making the film, NOT IN GOD’S NAME that looks at how religion, a source of great peace, is sometimes used to create division and strife by the politically motivated.
India is a microcosm of our world; she is a cradle of many of the world’s great faiths. Normally eight faiths co-exist peacefully here in close quarters, with a population over one billion. Yet at times things go terribly wrong. The Dalai Lama recounts the causes and solutions to conflict in the name of God, sharing his insight into the way to break the tragic cycle of intolerance that has escalated into nuclear confrontation.
In NOT IN GOD’S NAME, religious leaders of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism examine the causes for religious strife. Even here in the United States today, religious views at times come to blows over abortion rites, and have caused strict airport security.
The film includes honest comments by the Dalai Lama who works to promote religious tolerance, calling it his most important commitment; he says that mankind needs different religions. He was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his work promoting non-violence and harmony and will be touring the United States this May.
NOT IN GOD’S NAME DVD’s can be purchased by calling 1-800-553-7752 or by visiting the ETV Store at www.etvstore.org
NOT IN GOD’S NAME is a film by Paradise Filmworks International.
About the director: Not in God’s Name is director / producer Paula Fouce’s fourth film on India, its faiths and culture. While living in the region for several years and immersed in the peacefulness while co-authoring SHIVA, a book on religion, Fouce’s life threatening experience of people killing in the name of religion sent her on a search to find out why people kill in the name of God.
William Haugse and Timothy Kettle are the Producers. Haugse has worked with Orson Wells and John Cassavetes, and has been nominated for the Academy Award for Editing HOOP DREAMS. Kettle works in Post Production of the Oscars, Emmys, and has been nominated for the Director’s Guild Award.
About South Carolina ETV (SCETV):
South Carolina ETV brings non-commercial inspiring public television not only to the citizens of South Carolina, but through its national productions to the rest of the United States and the world. Recent presentations include Journey to Planet Earth: The State of the Planet’s Oceans, hosted by Matt Damon, (the only continuing environmental series on PBS), The Powder and the Glory, The Power of Forgiveness, Germans in America, and Uncorked! Wine Made Simple. Past productions include Making Schools Work with Hedrick Smith, and Global Warming: The Signs and the Science, hosted by Alanis Morrisete. SCETV Radio produces Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz, NPR’s longest running performance program.
ETV is South Carolina’s statewide network with 11 television stations, and a closed-circuit educational telecommunications system in more than 2000 schools, colleges, businesses, and government agencies.
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