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June 28, 2010

'HolyWars' Documentary Getting Some Buzz

Film depicts two 'religious fundamentalists' -- a Christian and a Muslim -- on their journeys

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A compelling new documentary called HolyWars made its world premiere at the SilverDocs film festival last week, where it caught the eye of IndieWIRE magazine. IndieWIRE asked director Stephen Marshall about what they called his "unusual approach to the subject of religious extremism in a post-9/11 world after his film completed both of its Silverdocs screenings," adding that Marshall had set out to make a film about end-of-the-world rhetoric.

“The inception point was in 2006; Bush was still in power," Marshall said. "The zeitgeist was focused on apocalyptic thinking. This was the original idea that got me the money to make the film. The question was: Could they make it happen? Could they make a self-fulfilling prophecy?”

More info here.

Comments

Looks really interesting - bummer that there doesn't seem to be a trailer online anywhere.

it seems a good movie, I will find and watch.

Such a beautifully relevant piece as this is a must-see!!

This movie struck me as divinely brilliant, poignantly touching with immortal inspiration. Sometimes it seems that art does come in from a higher dimension. That makes Stephen Marshall and Lisa Kawamoto Hsu channels of such energy...very thrilling!

A thought provoking documentary by Stephen Marshall but what was promised as a good debate between a conservative Christian evangelist and jihad advocating Muslim ended up as being one sided affair as Aaron the missionary didn't have any answers to the questions and challenges put to him by Khalid the Irish Muslim convert. This may have been due to Aaron's age, inexperience or lack of knowledge about world out side his New Mexico. Khalid on the other hand came across as a much more world aware and prepared advocate for his hard lined Muslim belief ( miss guided as he may be).
A clash of ideology between evenly matched religious personalities would have been a better option.

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