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Published on May 11, 2011
With all of the problems facing the world today including war, poverty, weapons, environmental degradation, starvation, overpopulation and severe desperation among millions, people are longing for meaning. Many seek answers in spirituality, but often faith and religion are hijacked by a fundamentalist few who use the name of God to promote their own ends. With this dichotomy in mind, the documentary film Beyond Our Differences calls upon key religious leaders, politicians, and luminaries in their respective fields to tackle the most complex issues in the modern age, and we ask what inspires them to affect positive change. The hope is that their personal experiences will provide a new perspective on how non-violent activism and compassion can be effectively used in resolving even the most difficult disputes.
This tapestry of voices and viewpoints regarding spirituality is woven with one universal expression of hope. By providing such a variety of experiences against the backdrop of rich landscapes and religious images, we hope that individual viewers will understand this unified message of hope and will become empowered through their own expressions of faith to impact positive change in their lives and the lives of others. The film also gives hope by exploring past and present religious-inspired movements that have resulted in positive change. In addition to documenting the work of great leaders such as Gandhi, Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama we will also follow several modern-day visionaries whose faith have afforded them the courage to promote social change.
"A gigantic effort, an extraordinary result, an important message for today." - Paulo Coelho
"Beyond Our Differences is a thought-provoking film that examines one of the most profound and relevant subjects of our day - that of faith in the modern world. Indeed, the call for peace, tolerance and mutual good will is shared by all our diverse traditions. I congratulate the filmmakers of ONE on this visually magnificent work, one that truly inspires change on a global level. " - Prof. Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Director of the World Economic Forum
"Beyond Our Differences so eloquently tells the story of a common source of "goodness" that most of us believe in our hearts, but can't find a way to express. A very artful and meaningful film." -Robert Zemeckis