Interfaith Competition

Sponsored by Aquinas Institute of Theology, Saint Louis University, and Michael & Sue Wallace

A juried competition spotlighting 10 feature films – five narratives and five documentaries – distinguished by their artistic merit, contribution to the understanding of the human condition, and recognition of ethical, social, and spiritual values.

Fanny's Journey

Wednesday, November 8 at 4:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:30pm

Based on the memoirs of Fanny Ben-Ami, “Fanny’s Journey” is an incredible tale of bravery, strength, and survival — the story of a daring young girl who will stop at nothing and fear no one. In 1943, 13-year-old Fanny (Léonie Souchaud) and her younger sisters were... Read more

The Field

Sunday, November 12 at 4:00pm

Near the West Bank’s Gush Etzion Junction — between Jerusalem and Hevron — Ali Abu Awwad dedicates his family’s field as a Palestinian Center for Non-Violence. Despite a life filled with pain and conflict — his four years in an Israeli prison, his drive-by... Read more

In Between

Monday, November 6 at 7:05pm
Wednesday, November 8 at 2:05pm

Lalia (Mouna Hawa), Salma (Sana Jammelieh), and Nur (Shaden Kanboura) share an apartment in the vibrant heart of Tel Aviv. Lalia, a criminal lawyer with a wicked wit, loves to burn off her workday stress in the underground club scene. Salma, slightly more subdued... Read more

Mawlana (The Preacher)

Friday, November 3 at 5:15pm
Sunday, November 12 at 12:15pm

A charismatic young sheikh moves from leading prayers in a governmental mosque to becoming a TV celebrity. Deviating from the usual religious rhetoric in a society heavily influenced by fundamentalism, Sheikh Hatem (Amr Saad) issues fatwas that are accepted by... Read more

The Smuggler and Her Charges

Sunday, November 5 at 12:05pm

In 1942, the life of a Jewish orphan — the father of director Michaël Prazan — was saved by a smuggler. More than 70 years later, his son embarks on an investigation to shed light on the gray areas of the past and to explore more fully his family’s tragic destiny... Read more

Street Fighting Men

Saturday, November 11 at 3:30pm

In a rapidly changing America where mass inequality and dwindling opportunity have devastated the black working class, three Detroit men must fight to build something lasting for themselves and future generations. “Street Fighting Men,” which celebrates dogged... Read more

Tanna

Saturday, November 4 at 12:05pm
Friday, November 10 at 4:40pm

The extraordinary “Tanna” — a nominee for last year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar® — is a Romeo-and-Juliet tale set in one of the world's last tribal societies. Based on a true story, the film follows the star-crossed romance of Wawa and Dain. When an... Read more

The Testament

Monday, November 6 at 7:00pm
Thursday, November 9 at 2:15pm

In this mystery about a man who is willing to risk everything to discover the truth, Holocaust researcher Yoel is in the midst of a widely covered legal battle with powerful forces in Austria over a brutal massacre of Jews that took place toward the end of World... Read more

True Conviction

Sunday, November 5 at 4:00pm

Christopher Scott was released from prison after serving 13 years of a life sentence for a murder he didn’t commit. That nightmare scenario is far too common: More than 30 people like Chris have been exonerated in Dallas County, Texas. Most of them are black men... Read more

Voices Beyond the Wall: Twelve Love Poems from the Murder Capital of the World

Sunday, November 12 at 1:00pm

Rescued from the streets of San Pedro Sula, Honduras — murder capital of the world — orphaned girls find their voices in poetry as they heal traumas of their past and prepare to transition into an uncertain future. Founded 25 years ago in San Pedro Sula, a Central... Read more