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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 Jewess

A film by Erin Reese

Many films have addressed Jewish-Christian relationships during the World War II era from the Jewish perspective.  Director Erin Reese tells the story of The Jewess from the perspective of a Jew saving Germans.

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The Judge

The Judge captures the life of a female judge to be appointed to a religious court in the Middle East.

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The Kosher Beach

A film by Karin Kainer and Hilla Medalia

A half-hour drive separates the ultra-Orthodox suburb of Bnei Brak from secular Tel Aviv. Yet nestled on Tel Aviv's Mediterranean beachfront, between wooden barricades, is a kosher beach that lies side-by-side with hotels, marinas and restaurants. The hermetically sealed kosher beach is the world's largest only same-sex beach. Women and men swim and sunbathe on separate and designated days.

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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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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 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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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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The Ruins of Lifta

A film by Menachem Daum

Lifta, the only remaining Arab village depopulated in Israel's 1948 War of Independence that has not been completely destroyed or repopulated by Jews, is now facing settlement construction.

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A Thousand Mothers

A film by Kim Shelton

The pacing of the documentary A Thousand Mothers takes its cue from the rhythms of daily life in a Buddhist nunnery in Myanmar. At Thit Seint, the nuns range in age from seven to more than 70 years of age. Unlike the monks, the nuns do not receive any governmental support yet, according to Shelton, they live their lives "with a consistent infectious joy and lightheartedness."

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