Short Film by Salsa Lane
Over 85% of the world’s population considers religion to be a very important part of their lives. In my project titled Faith Under Lockdown, I explore the question of, how has the recent pandemic impacted the relationship between individuals and communities across the world and their spiritual faith; as well as religious practices? My project takes the format of a short film that tells a story through personal anecdotes, observation, shared experiences, and evidence-based research. An attempt to include varying religions were through these interviews as well as recorded videos. My work contributes to currently available projects by provoking the audience to reflect on the meaning of faith and its contribution to our global culture today. Now more than ever, there is a need to raise awareness on the ultimate need for the increase of empathy for and between societies across the world in spite of varying, or even one’s lack of, faiths and connection to religion. I want my project to encourage people to think of ways to reach within to help our struggling self during these trying times and use this as a motivation to reach out and support others; whether in their faith, mental struggles, or financial hardships.
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Coronavirus Outbreak: The Effect of COVID-19 on Community Faith, Religious Ceremony. YouTube. Canada. Accessed March 11, 2021. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TZVn9R1ganc.
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“Most Americans Say Coronavirus Outbreak Has Impacted Their Lives.” Pew Research Center’s Social & Demographic Trends Project. Pew Research Center, September 4, 2020. https://www.pewresearch.org/social-trends/2020/03/30/most-americans-say-coronavirus-outbreak-has-impacted-their-lives/.