Thursday December 16th
Frank Center, NFA
Admission is complementary, donations accepted
During this special screening in conjunction with PBS’s Independent Lens and ITVS Community Cinema we are happy to announce the film will be followed with discussion led by Chaplain Bilal Ansari who is featured in the film as well as Reverend Cal Lord of the First Baptist Church.
The Calling follows its subjects from their first days of training, through years of study, and into their early practice as religious leaders. We see them within and beyond the walls of school, wrestling with the sacrifices they’ve made to pursue this path. They debate theology and philosophy, learn to deliver sermons, perform their first weddings and funerals, and counsel people in crisis. We also get to know them as ordinary young people at the crossroads of their lives, struggling with doubt and fear, dating and family, and the myriad challenges of becoming an adult. Although from different ethnic, geographic, and religious backgrounds, the young people featured in The Calling share similar traits: they’re charismatic and likeable, driven and self-reflective, confident yet humble. Each is seeking to reconcile the modern world with their ancient faith, balancing egos with a desire to serve, and blazing new paths to leadership while preserving age-old traditions.