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Faith in the Future

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Last week I had the privilege of being asked to judge Tony Blair's Faith Foundation's Faith Shorts competition, which showcased films by young film makers on the theme of faith. Young people from across the globe submitted films, each telling their own unique story giving a personal interpretation on faith.

I must say it was refreshing to see some positive coverage being given to faith, which so often is misrepresented: on one end of the spectrum it's perceived as being "uncool" or no longer relevant, and the on the other more dangerous end, we see faith hijacked by violent extremists for political ends. These young people have reclaimed faith for today's youth and those who believe in the true tenants of faith: peace, love, forgiveness and hope, all of which could be found within the films submitted.

Apart from the positive messages being espoused through the films, my fellow judges and I were treated to a true carnival of creativity courtesy of a diverse group of talented young artists. No less diverse was the ensemble individuals of who were invited to judge this competition. Just like the entrants, we judges were representative of various countries and from different backgrounds. I found myself judging the work of these young artists in the company of a group of ranging from the movie star and martial artist Jet Li to Her Majesty Queen Raina of Jordan. We all found the films extremely powerful, moving and thought-provoking.

I felt both honored and humbled to be asked to support the work of the Faith Foundation in seeking to bring future generations together through faith and personal expression. The shorts we watched all reminded me of the inexorable optimism of our young people and the ongoing quest for international peace and understanding. If more young people as remarkable as those who were honored last week continue to be given a platform to show us how we can live together, then I think we might have a shot.

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