Directing this film and traveling to present it made me see the importance of this medium, not only as support to discussions on religion and faith, but more so as a theological act in itself; the creative process can become a hermeneutic space capable of inspiring theologians as much as theology students in their way of understanding and practising theology. The film has allowed me to envisage the characteristics of a discourse about God creatively, nourished by life in the Spirit and led back to the Spirit. In a world where image is so important, film is a theologian’s privileged partner . It enriches my reflections and increases their reach in the larger community, to a more diverse and larger audience; since May 2017, I have presented the film in many countries and cities to more than 1300 people; in Strasbourg, in June 2019, 215 people were present for a projection organised by the Diocese of Strasbourg during the annual meeting ‘Rendez-vous avec les religions’. The film was also presented and appreciated in many universities : Monash University (Australie), Australian Catholic University (Australie), Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France), American Academy of Religion (Film Series, Boston), Saint Paul University, Institut Catholique de Paris (France), University of South Africa (Afrique du Sud), Banaras Hindu University (Inde). Film-making allows for an esthetic approach for the theologian to reconnect his discourse to a spiritual and experiential dimension, to move from a purely rational theology to a contemplative theology. Even if the latter can still be discursive, it evolves in ‘the light of a certain perception, already mystical, of the Absolute’ (Malévez).
Projections where the director was present
. 2019 (April 3) Cours THO3168 Ways of Christian Life and Prayer: Spirituality, Saint Paul University, Ottawa.
. 2019 (February 10) Cours THO5514 Étapes sur la voie de la plénitude : méthodes et enjeux, Saint Paul University, Ottawa.
. 2018 (December 6-8) Colloque international, Migrations, mutations, mémoires : passages en imaginaire (en hommage au Professeur K. Madavane), Department of French Studies, Malaviya Molya Anushilan Kendra, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, Inde.
. 2018 (September 20-22) Colloque international Theology, Spirituality, Edudation. A research conference by the discipline of Christian Spirituality, University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa.
. 2018 (June 15) Cinéma Star St-Exupéry, 18 rue du 22 novembre, Strasbourg, France.
. 2018 (June 10) Brorson's Kierke (Eglise du 17e siècle de Sören Kierkegaard), Danmission (Danish Missionary Society), Copenhagen, Denmark.
. 2018 (June 5) Institut Catholique de Paris, 21 rue d'Assas, Paris, France.
. 2018 (April 20) Saint Paul University Student Association, Ottawa.
. 2018 (April 19) Conférences St-Alex, Paroisse St-Alexandre, Gatineau, Quebec.
. 2017 (October 9) Librairie Paulines, Montreal, Canada.
. 2017 (October 1er) KSF Niepokalana 2017, 32e édition du Festival international du film et du multimédia catholiques, John Paul II Collection Museum, Porczynski Foundation, Bankowy Square 1, Varsaw, Poland.
. 2017 (September 25) Centre de spiritualité St-Charles, Seminary of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, France.
. 2017 (June 27) Association Spirales, Maison de la Vie Associative, 122 Bis rue du Barbâtre, Reims, France.
. 2017 (June 22) Sens & reliance, Salle Jean-Baptiste Souzy, 33 rue Alfred Kastler, La Rochelle, France.
. 2017 (June 19) Abbaye de Pradines, Pradines, France.
. 2017 (June 16-18) Les Chemins de Shanti, Valpré, Lyon, France.
. 2017 (June 15) Cinéma Ciné Toile, Digne-Les-Bains, France.
. 2017 (June 12) Les Chemins de Shanti, Lycée Professionnel St Vincent de Paul, Nîmes, France.
. 2017 (June 7) Paroisse Saint Vincent de la côte des blancs, Salle des ventes, Avize, Champagne, France.
. 2017 (May 31) Convergence86, Lycée saint Jacques de Compostelle, Poitiers, France.
. 2017 (May 30) Librairie Quand les livres s’ouvrent, Auditorium du Cercle Saint Louis, Place Anatole le Braz, Lorient, France.
. 2017 (May 29) Cultures et religions en dialogue, UFR lettres et sciences humaines faculté Victor Segalen, Université de Bretagne Occidentale, Brest, France.
. 2017 (May 11) Canadian Première canadienne in English, Mayfair Theater, Ottawa, followed by a exchange with Ginette Gratton from Rogers TV at Black Squirrel Books.
. 2017 (April 27) Canadian Première canadienne in French, Mayfair Theater, Ottawa, followed by a exchange with Ginette Gratton from Rogers TV at Black Squirrel Books.
. 2017 (February 24) American Première, St Mark's Episcopal Church & Meditation on Marco Island, Parish Hall, St Mark's, Marco Island, Florida.
. 2016 (December 17) French Première, Forum 104, Espace de rencontre culturel et interspirituel, Paris.
. 2016 (December 12) Comparative Theology Reading Group, Faculty of Theology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia.
. 2016 (December 11) Colloque Tantric Aspects of the World's Spiritualities, Mela Interfaith Group et Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
. 2016 (December 8) Australian Première, Interfaith Ashram, Warburton, Australia.
. 2016 (October 21-23) Festival international du film à thématique religieuse, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.
Projections where the director was absent:
. 2019 (February 6) Ciné-débat, Chapelle de la Résurrection/Chapelle pour l'Europe, Brussels. Exchange moderated by Jacques Scheuer, SJ.
. 2018 (September 23) Cinéma Le Mas-d'Azil, Le Mas d'Azil, France.
. 2018 (September 20) Diocèse de Pamiers, Pamiers, France.
. 2018 (September 19) Espace Cristal, Auray, France.
. 2018 (September 18) Espace Culturel Terraqué, Carnac, France.
. 2018 (September 17) Association des ami(e)s de la vie, Plaisir, France.
. 2018 (June 18) Salon de thé, Cazères, France.
. 2017 (December 31) Saccidananda Ashram, Shantivanam, Thanirpalli, Tamil Nadu, India.
. 2017 (December 17) Mantra Shanga Colmar, Ecole Mathias Grunenwald, rue Emile Swoerer, Logelbach (Witzenheim), France.
. 2017 (December 15) A ciel ouvert, 4 rue La Fayette, Maxéville/Nancy, France,
. 2017 (December 14) Maison pour tous, 1 place St Jacques, Abbeville, France.
. 2017 (December 1-3) Académie pour une écologie intégrale, Écologie humaine. S'enraciner grâce à la vie intérieure (avec Frère Marie-Benoît, c.s.j.), Sanctuaire de Notre-Dame du Chêne, 72300 Vion, France.
. 2017 (October 15) Cinéma Cinéget, Revel, France.
. 2017 (October 12) Dialogue interreligieux monastique, Formation sur Jules Monchanin et le dialogue interreligieux, Abbaye de Pradines, France.
. 2017 (October 2) Cinéma des Capucins, Cazères sur Garonne, France.
. 2017 (September 28) Abbaye saint Benoît d'En Calcat, Dourgne, France.