11 June 2020 | St Albans, UK [Victor Hulbert]
A new documentary series explores life on the edge.
How long do you expect to live? The Bible can be quite hard-hitting on the subject: “All people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever.” [1 Peter 4:24-15 NIV]
The words are meant to be encouraging – and they are – but it is never nice to be reminded that life is short. And while the Psalmist talks about “three score and ten” or 70 years [Psalm 90:10] there are those who live with the reality that today may be their last.
In the first episode of a five-part documentary series, we explore these issues with two such people. Amy suffers from a form of epilepsy that potentially means she may not wake up tomorrow morning. Adriano, a fisherman on the Amazon river in Brazil, fights for survival in a changing world. His family depends on his daily catch, but the Amazon ecosystem itself is increasingly uncertain.
Two different stories, both very moving. Two very different cultures, and yet the same reality: Uncertainty.
This release is the first of five documentaries that will explore ten stories of faith in the midst of uncertainty. Future episodes will highlight the experiences of a migrant escaping poverty, a couple who desperately want a child, a man facing a life sentence for murder, and a woman working through the issues of terminal illness. In other episodes, we face the challenge of rural farming, or a life confined by disability. What happens when your family can no longer care for you?
While the subject is uncertainty, and while the programmes are not simplistic in providing trite answers, the aim of the series is hope.
The ‘Uncertainty Project’ is a network initiative of GAiN Europe. The entire series, to be released during the summer of 2020, includes several films, five documentaries, a series of short video clips, and a book that will be released in October. Find out more by visiting the Uncertainty Project website.
tedNEWS Staff: Victor Hulbert, editor; Deana Stojković, associate editor
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