A Widening Embrace

A Widening Embrace is a new innovative documentary film commissioned by the Universal House of Justice about the community-building efforts of the Baha’i world, as seen through the eyes of local populations.

Across the globe, followers of Baha’u’llah and their friends are striving in earnest to contribute to the well-being of their communities and the advancement of society. A Widening Embrace captures some experiences and insights from a selection of neighbourhoods and villages, in rural and urban settings. Here, a process of building vibrant communities is unfolding through individual and collective action propelled by a commitment to learning, in the words of Baha’u’llah, how to “translate that which hath been written into reality and action.”

Produced through a creative, grassroots process in which teams of often young people have documented the efforts of their own communities around the world to effect social change, the documentary draws on footage taken by those teams over the course of a year, and tells a story of transformation unfolding in 24 communities representing different realities and contexts. It focuses on three main themes: universal participation as a path toward collective prosperity, the vital role of young people in the transformation of society, and the emergence of a range of social and economic development initiatives that spring up from the spiritual aspirations of a population.

Approximate running time is 77 minutes, and you can find out more about the film from this Baha’i World News Service article: New film gives voice to communities around the world

Watch A Widening Embrace in the following languages from the film’s website linked below:

* English: A Widening Embrace

* Español (Spanish): Ampliando la bienvenida

* Français (French): Un cercle grandissant

* Русский (Russian): Раскрывая свои объятия

* عربي (Arabic): احتضانٌ وسيعُ الرِّحاب

* فارسی (Persian): آغوشی فراگیر

About the Author

Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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Discussion 2 Comments

  1. Thank you so much for this incredible well done quality film for us to use in our communities.
    Ever greateful

  2. With much appreciation of this incredible film for us to use in our comunities .
    Thank you so much.

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