Religion Goes to the Movies Night with What Do You Believe Now?

Filmmaker Sarah Feinbloom will join professors from Hofstra’s Department of Religion and Jewish Studies to discuss her 2019 documentary “What Do You Believe Now?”  

In this film, Feinbloom interviews the same diverse group of young people she first met in 2002, to ask what has now changed in their spiritual lives and outlooks on religion.  

The documentary is a fascinating look at concerns paramount to contemporary millennials in the United States.  In this event, participants will be able to ask questions of Feinbloom, as well as meet the Department of Religion and Jewish Studies and discover the academic study of religion at Hofstra.   

Participants will watch the documentary in advance and join moderator, Dr. Julie Byrne, Professor of Religion and the Hartman Chair of Catholic Studies, on Zoom for the meet-up and discussion.  

Participants include 

Dr. Ann Burlein, professor of Religion 

Dr. John Teehan, professor and chair of the Department of Religion

Dr. Santiago Slabodsky, associate professor of Religion and the Florence and Robert Kaufman Endowed Chair in Jewish Studies


Invited: Current students, prospective students, and Hofstra alums


Hofstra community members can watch film using their Hofstra login/password at


Non-Hofstra attendees will be emailed the free link to view documentary in advance on Monday, July 13, and again as a reminder on Wednesday, July 15. 

Date: Thursday, July 16, 2020

Time:  6:30 p.m.

Location: Zoom; advance registration required

Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link. Registrants will be sent an event link to attend prior to the event.


Sarah Feinbloom Biography:

Sarah Feinbloom is an award-winning director, producer and editor whose work includes documentaries, dramatic narratives and fundraising videos. She is also the founder and director of GOOD DOCS - an educational distribution company specializing in human rights and social issue documentaries. Her latest project, What Do You Believe Now? - The Spiritual Journeys of American Millennials (2019) premiered at the 42nd Mill Valley Film Festival, is a new feature length follow up to her 2002 documentary What Do You Believe? - the Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (2002). In the 2019 "before and after" film a Catholic, Pagan, Jew, Muslim, Lakota and Buddhist offer their deeply personal faith journeys, life challenges and evolving ideas about higher powers, the nature of suffering, religious intolerance and death.


The 2002 documentary aired on PBS stations and screened internationally at venues including the Mill Valley Film Festival, the National Association of Multicultural Educators and the American Academy of Religion. It was voted "One of Ten Best Videos for Young Adults in 2003" by the American Library Association and has shown at over 2000 schools and colleges in the U.S. and internationally. She also created and led workshops on interfaith dialogue and religious diversity. Her other projects includeEarth Water Woman (2013) about Rastafarian women environmentalists in Trinidad, which premiered at the Trinidad and Tobago Film Festival and her documentary on LGBTQI activists in Jamaica called Many Loves, One Heart (2017) premiered atFrameline Film Festival.Youth to Youth (1995) examines racism, rape, war, police brutality and growing up with violence through the eyes of the youth. She has led national workshops on violence prevention for schools, nonprofits and public health organizations. Her film Daughters and Sons Preventing Child-Trafficking in the Golden Triangle (2005), profiles a program that saves children from sex-trafficking,  and was featured on NPR, won the award for best Short in Child Advocacy at the Artivist Film Festival and helped raise over $250,000. In Search of the Heart of Chocolate (2008), premiered at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and Which Way, Por Favor? (1999) an independent feature film was an indie festival favorite.

Thursday, July 16, 2020





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