Give voice to those who have none 2017

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In this 7th edition of the Festival, we will explore an important and delicate theme essential for the future of humanity, taking our inspiration from the words of Jesus Christ. In the Gospels of Mark, Mathew and Luke we read of a scribe who asks Jesus which is the most important commandment. In  Mark 12:29-31 Jesus replies: “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”

Chapter 2 of the Book of James in the New Testament is food for thought:  My brothers and sisters, believers in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ must not show favouritism. Suppose a man comes into your meeting wearing a gold ring and fine clothes, and a poor man in filthy old clothes also comes in. If you show special attention to the man wearing fine clothes and say, “Here’s a good seat for you,” but say to the poor man, “You stand there” or “Sit on the floor by my feet,” have you not discriminated among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts?

Our question for you is: who is my neighbour? Is it the person who speaks my language, my neighbour, someone with my own interests, who lives in my country, who has the same colour of skin? What does it mean to love my neighbour as myself? How can this love be translated into a tangible action? Does it mean giving money to a beggar on the street? Donating a blanket for the homeless? If someone in my family had a problem how would I help them? Would I do the same for someone I don't know?
Our challenge for you is give us an answer in the light of what the Bible teaches us.

The Special Category films should be maximum 3 minutes long and can either:

-    Narrate a true story of love for one’s neighbour that brings hope and transformation
-    narrate what the world would be like if each one of us loved our neighbour as we love ourselves

The film must have NO AUDIBLE DIALOGUE OR SPOKEN WORDS,  (musical soundtrack and sound effects are accepted)

Wherever Jesus went, He touched the hearts of people with His unconditional love radically transforming their lives forever. As they got to know Him, through his actions and His words, they learnt the real meaning of Life and discovered the Truth that gave them true freedom. Often, all it needs is a smile, a kind action, a word of comfort to change the story of someone’s day and life. It doesn't take much to plant the seed of hope. It takes a little more to water it and nurture the precious flower of a transformed life. But what does it mean to give voice to solidarity the way Jesus did? What does it mean to do this as Christians? When I look at myself in the mirror and then at the people around me, do I see my reflection in them as well? Have we ever stopped to consider the implications and deep meaning of the word “otherness”?

In a world that urges us to invest on ourselves and on our personal survival, we believe it’s still possible to meet our neighbor on neutral ground and come away enriched and blessed by that encounter. The Bible teaches us that there is more joy in giving than in receiving. Is that still true? What would the world be like if we acted according to what the Word teaches us: that every human being is made in God’s image and likeness?

Give voice to those who have none

The Festival has become a place where those who “have no voice” can narrate the dramatic situations they are experiencing, thus creating awareness in the general public. In our past editions we “gave voice” to victims of religious violence, gender violence, shed light on the abuse and prejudice inflicted on those who are “differently able” and to our planet, a victim of the ravages reaped on it by humanity. This year, in response to the tragic emergencies being faced due to the economic crisis and uncontrolled immigration we will give voice to Christian solidarity in a world in which everything urges us to invest on ourselves and on our personal survival. The title of the Special Category is "Who is my neighbour? Give voice to solidarity!"


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