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 Hartley Film Foundation's seed grants and fiscal sponsorship programs support filmmakers in developing innovative documentaries about world religions and spirituality.

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The Path

A film by Senain Kheshgi

An 80-year-old barber who earns $7.00/day in Larkana, Pakistan, rounds up all the homeless children in hopes of learning where they came from and finding someone to take them in.

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Peace in the Valley

A film by Michael Palmieri and Donal Mosher

Filmmakers Palmieri and Mosher film in Eureka Springs, Arkansas, an Ozark mountain town that is the home of the of The Passion Play, the largest outdoor production of the Passion of Christ in the U.S., and a tourist mecca for the LGBT community. They are capturing the theatrical ways in which inhabitants of Eureka Springs express their religions and political beliefs.

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Playing God

A film by Beth Earl

“Jerusalem Syndrome,” which affects about 100 individuals annually, is a most unique diagnosis. While in Jerusalem, subjects with so-called "Jerusalem Syndrome" begin to believe that they have messianic qualities or are the reincarnations of a Biblical figures.

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Howard Thurman

The Psalm of Howard Thurman

A film by Arleigh Prelow

The Psalm of Howard Thurman will bring to life the story of Howard Thurman, who established the nation's first interracial, intercultural and interfaith congregation.

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The Quest for Happiness

A film by Raja Choudhury

The Quest for Happiness will delve into His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s vision of how happiness can be achieved in today’s world.

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A film by Sandi DuBowski

Rabbi traces the dramatic life of Amichai Lau-Lavie, a 21st-century spiritual innovator.  Amichai is a link in a 5,772 year-old spiritual chain.

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A Rabbi's Journey

A film by Oren Rudavsky

A Rabbi's Journey explores the evolving relationship between Judaism and American culture through the life of rabbi Benjamin Rudavsky who endorses controversial marriages between Jews and non-Jews.

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Reframing Palestine: The Story of the American Colony Photo Department

A film by Orna Raviv and Itay Ken-Tor

In 1881, a sect of Swedish immigrants to America immigrated again to Jerusalem in anticipation of the End Times. They established the American Colony in Jerusalem. One new convert to millenialism who joined the Colony established a photo department. Between 1881 and 1934, the American Colony provided a half-century's documentation of persons, places and events, and the photo collection is now considered the most prestigious in the Middle East.

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The Rescuer

A film by Hark Joon Lee and Won June Bai

In 2013, the U.S. Congress passed the North Korean Child Welfare Act to facilitate the adoption of North Korean orphans by Americans. South Korean pastor Reverend Sung-eun Kim has struggled to rescue North Korean orphans. Critics call operations like Rev. Kim's not refugee relief but refugee creation in order to claim easy money. Others view Rev. Kim as heroic as he helps North Korean orphans escape tyranny and starvation.

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Rites of Passage

A film by Frederick Marx

Rites of Passage integrates the wisdom of indigenous peoples, science and the humanities to reveal the benefits of teen initiation into adulthood.

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