Today’s world is ravaged by divisions between faiths. At any given time there are 50 conflicts being fought around the world in the name of religion. Why is religious fanaticism on the rise? Why do people kill in the name of God? Filmmaker Paula Fouce goes on a quest in search of answers to these questions, meeting the Dalai Lama and many religious leaders on the way.
In India in 1984, filmmaker Paula Fouce personally saw the extremes people will go to in the name of their faith, when she was trapped in the religious riot following the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi by her own Sikh bodyguards in Delhi. Fouce’s bus was stopped by Hindus to pull off Sikhs to kill in retribution. The area exploded in days of carnage. These experiences were part of the motivation behind her making the film, NOT IN GOD’S NAME that looks at how religion, a source of great peace, is sometimes used to create division and strife by the politically motivated.
India is a microcosm of our world; she is a cradle of many of the world’s great faiths. Normally eight faiths co-exist peacefully here in close quarters, with a population over one billion. Yet at times things go terribly wrong. The Dalai Lama recounts the causes and solutions to conflict in the name of God, sharing his insight into the way to break the tragic cycle of intolerance that has escalated into nuclear confrontation.
In NOT IN GOD’S NAME, religious leaders of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism and Jainism examine the causes for religious strife. Even in North America today, religious views at times come to blows over abortion rites, and have caused strict airport security.
The film includes honest comments by the Dalai Lama who works to promote religious tolerance, calling it his most important commitment; he says that mankind needs different religions. He was recently awarded the Congressional Gold Medal for his work promoting non-violence and harmony.