Stavanger, Norway Screening (free entrance).
The Baha’i Community of Stavanger is pleased to invite you to a screening of
The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith
a groundbreaking documentary that tells the amazing, true story of the Prophet Herald known as The Báb, His message, and the origins of a new era in world religion.
Please register in advance as seating is limited.
ODEON Kino Stavanger
Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 8:00 PM to 9:30 PM (CEST)
As the world suffers from the divisive forces of strife and intolerance, a new Faith advocates the oneness of humanity’s major religions as a path toward world peace.
As the world suffers from the divisive forces of strife and intolerance, a new Faith advocates the oneness of humanity’s major religions as a path toward world peace. The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith is the groundbreaking documentary that tells the amazing, true story of the Prophet Herald known as The Báb (or “the gate” in Arabic) and the origins of a new era in world religion. Filmed in Spain, Israel, the U.K., and the U.S.A., The Gate transports viewers back to 1844 Persia when The Báb experienced a revelation of God and declared himself to the faithful. Narrated by Yaani King Mondschein ( Mad Men , NCIS ) and interspersed with striking reenactments of the persistence and persecution of His early followers, are interviews with leading academic and faith experts including Dr. Joy DeGruy (author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome ), Nader Saeidi (professor of Bahá’í Studies at UCLA) and Bahá’í actor/artist Rainn Wilson ( The Office ). Directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Bob Hercules ( Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise; Forgiving Dr. Mengele ), The Gate recounts the brief, exciting life of a Prophet and the indelible impact His message continues to have on the world today.
WHO IS THE BÁB?
In Persia in 1844, a young man who became known as the prophet The Báb, meaning “the Gate” in Persian, revealed that He was here to expand on God’s laws and prophecies, one of them being to prepare humanity for a second prophet, Baha’u’llah. The Báb and Baha’u’llah are the founders of the world’s youngest independent religion, The Bahá’í Faith. Says Layli Miller-Muro, founder of the Tahirih Justice Center: “…the Báb was a revolutionary prophet. His life was marked by drama and intrigue and tens of thousands of people following Him, and it’s really inspiring and remarkable to understand who He was and His lasting impact on earth.”
THE MAKING OF THE GATE: DAWN OF THE BAHÁ’Í FAITH
Political intrigue, religious strife, injustice, female empowerment, battles, love and hope are all part of the amazing background of the beginning of a new faith. The Bahá’í Faith started in mid-19th Century Persia, and its core beliefs are that there is one God and that all of humanity comes from God; therefore, we are one human race. It was founded by two prophets, the first being The Báb, which means The Gate. Executive Producer Steve Sarowitz has often said about the life and mission of the Báb: “They call the story of Jesus the greatest story ever told. I would call this story the greatest story never told.” Sarowitz became a Bahá’í in 2015, and three days later, at a friend’s suggestion, he determined to create a film about how the Faith began. With the help of Peabody Award-winning director Bob Hercules ( Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise ) and a dedicated cast and crew, this idea is now a reality in The Gate: Dawn of the Bahá’í Faith , the first of a series of documentaries about the origins of the most recent independent world religions. The documentary includes interviews with several experts who speak about the religious movements that occurred in the 19th Century all over the world. Academic experts on the Millerite Movement, Jewish Adventism, the Islamic Shaykhs and 19th Century Persia came from universities in Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States to be interviewed for the film. Other interviews were conducted with Bahá’ís dedicated to bringing unity to mankind through their work, including artists such as Rainn Wilson ( The Office ), author Dr. Joy DeGruy ( Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome ) and attorney and activist Layli Miller-Muro. The story of the Báb began centuries ago, prophesying that God will always give His creations guidance through prophets. The Báb arrived in 1844, and it is now almost 200 years later that we will see the story of His message on the big screen. This documentary was filmed in four countries (the U.S., Israel, Spain and the United Kingdom), three continents and by dozens of passionate people who want to bring to life a tremendous story of unity.