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Questioning Faith

  NR Closed Captioning

Macky Alston

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About the Movie

All his life, award-winning filmmaker Macky Alston has believed in a merciful and benevolent God. The untimely death of close friend and fellow seminary student Alan Smith, however, challenges Alston’s deepest convictions. He initiates his film with the pressing question: How does one believe in God in the face of so much human suffering? In an effort to resolve this quandary, Questioning Faith sets out on a journey of probing self-discovery. After visiting Alan’s hometown hoping to learn what he believed in his final days, Alston sets up a network of interviews with a wildly diverse group of people in New York, including the pastor of his theological school who views her battle with cancer as an opportunity, a Muslim woman who sees angels during brain surgery, and a straight-talking atheist who lived through the Russian Revolution. At stake here is not only whether or not Alston can maintain his faith, but also how human beings navigate their way through the darkest hours of seemingly senseless loss. A deeply moving and uplifting film, Questioning Faith reveals an underlying principle common to us all: the “power of presence,” as life calls us to be there for each other.


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Remarkable Questions in the struggle for thruth

A moving, searching film that you should see...especially if, like me, you weren't sure if you could watch. How do we deal with the profoundest questions of human life? How do we deal with suffering and loss? How do we struggle for months and years, or in an instant's change, and discover that someone we care for deeply is gone? A child, a parent, a sibling, a spouse or partner, a beloved friend? How are we to understand and face this, when some have done no wrong, and when others perpetrate suffering, and when there are life events with no human cause? There is no intellectual answer, as one interviewee says. But in our hearts, we must come to some response, even if it is not yet a full answer. This film dares to ask honest questions about faith and suffering, and dares to look for answers, without forcing any single view on the viewers. The viewers find their own questions given room enough to seek answers, and to try to provide some heartfelt, honest response. This is not a "Christians only" film; it looks at how people from all walks of life deal with the dilemmas of living and loss. This is not a casual or falsely cheerful film. It is brave enough to struggle for the truth. Deep thanks to the filmmaker and subjects for sharing their inner selves and what they have been through.

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  • $7.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2008

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