Monday, August 09, 2010

Have You Heard About Global Short Film Network?

Photo Credit: Andrei Z
I remember taking a seminary class several years ago in which we examined the various worldviews held by adherents of the world's major religions and philosophies.  The professor, Alan Scholes, frequently used a wide variety of movie clips to demonstrate these perspectives on life and the world.

In order to prove the significance that film plays within our culture, he asked a simple question.  He queried the class on how many of us had seen the television show 24, the most popular show on T.V. at the time.  Approximately a quarter of the class indicated that they had seen at least one episode of the Kiefer Sutherland drama.

He then asked how many of us had seen the movie Titanic, the highest grossing movie of all-time.  Even though Titanic had been released a handful of years before, all but one of us in the class had seen it.  This was a small demonstration of the role that cinema plays in our society.

Recognizing the power of film to tell stories, Campus Crusade for Christ has developed a ministry called the Global Short Film Network. Global Short Film Network, or GSFN, produces short-films that deal with everyday topics that can easily lead into spiritual conversations about things like life, death, forgiveness, love and redemption.

The films, now being used in over 70 countries around the world, are well-done and easy to access at the GSFN website located here. If you have a friend that you'd like to talk about the deeper issues of life with but have found it difficult to bring up spiritual matters, perhaps a movie from GSFN might be the springboard you need.

To learn more about how to utilize Global Short Film Network, check out the video below. 

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