Interfaith of Topeka is comprised of people from a variety of faiths and religious traditions. We bring together individuals who are willing to put aside their prejudices and open their minds and hearts to new possibilities. We are willing to engage in the process of working together to build an active community, strong in its shared values of faith, compassion, human dignity, and mutual respect where the expression of love and peace replaces hate and violence.
2018 Interfaith Film Festival and Faith Tradition Displays
Sunday, March 25, 2018 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Marvin Auditorium 101ABC
Films to be shown:
Smoke Signals (1998) 1 hr 29 min
Smoke Signals is a humorous yet serious story about Victor, a young man who Director Chris Eyre describes as “trying to forgive his father.” The movie gives us a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world, and is created by an almost exclusively Native American cast.
The story begins with a glimpse of two baby boys, one barely rescued from a fire which consumes his parents. We briefly see them grow up and learn of the tension between them. They are opposites. The rescued orphan boy Thomas becomes a naive but positive nerd with over-sized glasses, while Victor – who is to embark on a journey of forgiveness towards his father – is proud of his Native American stoicism and seems to find pleasure in confrontation.
Victor’s father left when he was a boy, and he now learns that his father just died, and his mother sends him to collect the ashes. He is only able to make the trip with Thomas’ help, however, and there is a condition which is difficult for him to accept: Victor must swallow his pride and take Thomas with him.
The young men are as different as potatoes and strawberries, and through their tension and close proximity they learn from one another – about the world, about Victor’s father, and most of all – about themselves. It is an enjoyably paced sentimental and funny film, which gives viewers a look into the Indian culture, and of course – themselves.
Little Buddha (1993) 2 hrs 3 min
Lama Norbu comes to Seattle in search of the reincarnation of his dead teacher, Lama Dorje. His search leads him to young Jesse Conrad, Raju, a waif from Kathmandu, and an upper class Indian girl. Together, they journey to Bhutan where the three children must undergo a test to prove which is the true reincarnation. Interspersed with this, is the story of Siddharta, later known as the Buddha. It traces his spiritual journey from ignorance to true enlightenment.
The Last Keepers (2013) 1 hr 25 min
When the teenage daughter of a reclusive family of artists falls in love with an unusual boy at school, she awakens mysterious powers and discovers ancient family secrets that will change her life forever.
Members of Interfaith’s faith communities will have tables exhibiting information about their belief system and refreshments will be provided.
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