ABOUT THE FILM
Religious intolerance and ignorance are the root cause of many problems facing communities all over the world, which in turn leads from everything to simple segregation and misunderstandings to violence.
Is it possible that much of this conflict is simply because we haven’t taken the time to get to know each other?
The documentary film LOVE THY NEIGHBOR will take the unprecedented step of giving persons of faith the ability to experience another religion and discover that while on the surface there are obvious differences between our many faiths, we also have much in common. To create this project, worship services of six religions will be filmed and then interweaved into a singular service - bringing to light how alike we all are despite perceived differences in creed, dogma, and ritual.
To make this film, six worship services of six different religions in Kansas City, Missouri will be filmed. We will follow each service from beginning to end and then connect each sermon to create what will feel like a single worship experience.
Each religious leader will speak about a single topic - Loving Your Neighbor. The six messages will be edited together to create one unified sermon.
In addition, one member of each congregation will attend each service, so as the viewer goes on this journey, we’ll watch and learn from a group of people experiencing it in real life.
Our goal is not only to show that we have much more in common than previously imagined, but also that if we take the time to know each other, we may be able to take the steps needed to respect our differences and gain strength from our similarities.
Our cameras will capture every minute of the worship experience from the moment the congregants walk in the door, through each section of the service, until everyone has left. We will make sure to get similar shots at each location to compare and contrast..
Prior to the services, religious leaders will be interviewed about what a worship service means to them and their congregation and what goes into creating a sermon and service..
Our interviews will delve into the perceived differences among religions and what can be done to bring more tolerance for others who are, on the surface, not the same.
LOOK OF THE FILM
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR will feel like an actual worship service. As we interweave footage of the different faiths and the interviews, we will keep the tone of each service intact. No additional soundtrack will accompany the religious leaders during their sermons as we respect the sanctity of the places of worship. The rituals and words of the religious leaders will be enough to convey the message.
One of our goals will be to compare and contrast the different traditions and rituals that go into each faith's service. How does a Christian minister and an Imam call their congregants to worship? Is there any similarity in the ways of prayer between Buddhism and Judaism?
We will also capture the beauty of each place of worship, further tying everything together.
As the goal of the film is to bring people together, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR will be viewed first at Interfaith community screening events throughout Kansas City and then spreading out across the country and across the world. Then we will make the film available theatrically and finally to public television.
We want LOVE THY NEIGHBOR to be the start of a movement.