Cana film fest shares Catholic social teaching

Cana Film Festival is a platform for documentaries, short and independent feature films for Catholics, family and friends to be initiated into media literacy and the social teachings of the Church.

Singapore
Jul 15 2014, 4:07 PM
Cana film fest shares Catholic social teaching
Cana Film Festival members, with Winifred Loh, festival director, seated in the center.

The Cana Film Festival, held from June 7 to 8 at the Catholic Centre in Singapore, shared Catholic social doctrine through the storytelling of movies.

“Cana Film Festival is a platform for documentaries, short and independent feature films for Catholics, family and friends to be initiated into media literacy and the social teachings of the Church,” said Winifred Loh, director of the festival.

Aimed  at  “capturing the essence of Church’s social mission and the importance of its members living out our faith in daily life”, the festival was a collaborative effort of the Daughters of St. Paul and the Cana Catholic Centre in Singapore.

“The Cana Catholic Centre is a gathering place in Singapore for Catholics and friends to share, support, learn and grow in the spirit of love, joy and peace in each other through our faith,” Loh continued.

She said the film festival was the centre’s first such effort, and was “focused on the universality of Catholic social teaching and our shared humanity, which is mirrored by the films of diverse origins exhibited during the festival, and their empowering, socially enriching messages.”

The festival aimed at both children and adults included films from Australia, Belgium, India, Indonesia, Iran, Lithuania, Singapore, and Turkey.

The films  were chosen for exhibiting what the organizers identified as ten principles of Catholic social teaching: human dignity, association, subsidiarity, participation, the common good, the universal destination of goods, solidarity, the dignity of work, the dignity of creation and the promotion of peace.

The festival director thanked the encouragement, enthusiasm, and generosity of the film directors, and cooperation of the local Catholic community.

Loh said that there are “many good films in terms of production quality and story telling, but which do not get distributed to the mainstream or find an audience. It's unfortunate … these stories need to be told.”

“We face a complexity of issues today, including challenges at work, rising materialism, families breaking up, an increasing divide between rich and poor, climate change, and the list goes on, and each day raises more questions than we care to reflect on,” she said.

Loh said that “since films often deal with real issues and emanate from the heart, audiences can be touched and inspired” by them.

“Even if it’s for personal reflection and prayer, it is the seed of change. In many cases, the film opens the audience’s minds to alternative perspectives that they would not have typically experienced.”

The film festival included panel discussions after the screenings.

Source: CNA/EWTN News

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