University of Sussex: BA Media Practice
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The Modern Sacredness

The Modern Sacredness

 

Roy Jin, Shady Wang

‘The Modern Sacredness’ is a short documentary film focusing on the filmmakers’ journey into Christianity and the UK church culture. The filmmakers occasionally joined a Sunday service and found it was totally different from what they thought it would be based on their past experiences with churches. As they built a closer relationship with a local church, the filmmakers shared their reflection and experience in this culture as outsiders with a Chinese audience, as well as bringing deeper thoughts on the cultural differences between the two countries. Through the exploration of this Western religious culture, the film intends to start a discussion on belonging and community in a broader sense.

After researching and discussing the intention of the film, this team of two Chinese students decided to take a leap out of their usual surroundings and placed themselves as outsiders to view the UK’s culture. Inspired by Chris Marker’s ‘Sans Soleil’ (2002), the personal thoughts and reflections were applied to the film, also, the filmmakers produced a more empathic film with a linear journey style.