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Building Bridges documentary film festival starts October 2
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God Sleeps in RwandaThe Seton Hall community is invited to a free documentary film festival sponsored by the Sister Rose Thering Fund on the topic of fighting persecution. The festival will take place over the course of six weeks starting on Wednesday, October 2, and ending Wednesday, November 6, 2013. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet film makers, ask questions, and contribute to a discussion of each film.

Part of Seton Hall's 60-year celebration of building interfaith bridges, each film portrays situations that occur in unexpected places and involve unexpected people, but all represent the common theme of "I Am My Brother's Keeper – and You Can Be Too!" The festival intends to serve as inspiration to others to continue building interfaith bridges and fight prejudice whenever and wherever it occurs.

THE FILMS, in the following order, will each be shown at 7 p.m. and are free to the public. Please see each individual listing below for event locations.

Wednesday, October 2 (Bishop Dougherty Student Center) - An Open Door: Jewish Rescue in the Philippines
A film in progress, produced by Noël (“Sonny”) Izon, an American of Philippine descent, who was saved from the Germans, and now lives in suburban Maryland. This film is in honor of Dr. A. Gabriel Esteban, president of Seton Hall University, a native of the Philippines. Commentator will be Noël Izon, who also directed the film.

Wednesday, October 9 (Bishop Dougherty Student Center) - God Sleeps in Rwanda
A powerful documentary focused on the women of Rwanda after the Genocide and how, despite being victims, they have become educated leaders of their country. Emmanual Ruranga - born in Rwanda, and member of the Board of Trustees of the Sister Rose Thering Fund, is the commentator.

Wednesday, October 16 (Bishop Dougherty Student Center) - I am Joseph Your Brother
This 59-minute film, made in Israel in 2001, directed by Amy Kronisch and Eli Tal-El, deals with the visit to Israel in 2000 by Pope John Paul II. It reflects the changes in relationships between Jews and Christians, Judaism and Christianity, and the State of Israel and the Vatican. It is closely related to the theme of Building Bridges between faiths and is also appropriate since it shows the results of the work of Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher in the passage of Nostra Aetate, that singular document that has formed the basis of improved Jewish-Catholic relations since 1965. Commentators: Fr. Michael McGarry, formerly of the Tantur Ecumenical Institute in Israel, and Amy Kronisch, Director.

Wednesday, October 23 (Bishop Dougherty Student Center) - Sister Rose's Passion
Directed by Oren Jacoby, this Oscar-nominated, award-winning documentary about the life and work of Sister Rose Thering, O.P., Ph.D, in promoting interfaith relations, will be shown. Sister Rose’s doctoral thesis, describing anti-Semitism in early Catholic religion texts, was taken to Vatican II where it so impressed the Council, Monsignor John M. Oesterreicher and his colleagues who were crafting Nostra Aetate, that it played a role in its eventual passage. Mr. Jacoby will serve as commentator.

Wednesday, October 30 (The Beck Rooms, 1st Floor Walsh Library) - Shanghai Ghetto
Produced in 2002, this film describes how more than 20,000 German Jews were able to escape the Nazis before 1935 and settle in Shanghai, China. Although the Japanese controlled the city and treated Jews and others as “the enemy,” this group was able to establish a ghetto around the synagogue which still stands today but is now a museum to the courage of this stalwart group. Their life in Shanghai, protected by the Chinese, and their fate have been little known until now. The film was originally narrated by the actor Martin Landau. Commentator - Daniel Leab, Ph.D., Seton Hall Professor.

Wednesday, November 6 (The Beck Rooms, 1st Floor Walsh Library) - The Test of Freedom: Muslim Americans and the Struggle Against Prejudice
This 71-minute documentary depicts the contemporary problems of prejudice against Muslims. Facing growing hysteria and bias, US Muslims live out their faith and confront discrimination in ways that uplift those around them. Commented on by film director, and Anisa Mehdi, Adjunct Professor at Seton Hall who assisted on this film.

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Marilyn Zirl
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