Students from Shimna Integrated College in Newcastle have launched a video documentary exploring the range of beliefs and religions represented in Northern Ireland.
Religious Voices, which took more than a year to make, shows the group’s travels around NI to visit the leaders of minority faith groups in their place of worship and find out about their experiences of living here. The students interviewed the leaders of Buddhism, the Baha’i faith, Judaism, Sikhism, Islam and Hinduism as well as interviewing Richard Moore (founder of Children in Crossfire) about his friendship with the Dalai Lama, poet Grainne Tobin about her atheism and Patrick Corrigan from Amnesty International.
The idea for the project came to the students when they wrote a letter of support and solidarity to the Muslim community of Northern Ireland (via the Belfast Islamic Centre), after seeing the discriminatory treatment of Muslims following the Paris attacks of November 2015.
Members of all the groups featured attended the launch, joined by representatives of the IEF, which has supported and funded the project.
The documentary has been professionally made and produced by Paul Martin Brown and a copy of the DVD and teacher’s guide will be sent to every integrated post-primary school in Northern Ireland to help with the teaching of minority beliefs.
Introducing the film, Head of Religious and Integrated Studies at Shimna IC John McCloskey said:
“We strongly believe that the Religious Voices documentary and resource pack will prove beneficial to our fellow integrated schools across Northern Ireland, as well as anyone else who would like to use it.”
View the video below to see a shortened “super cut” of the documentary.
Click here to view the entire Shimna Religious Voices
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