Oprah Winfrey and OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network hosted a private screening event at the TimesCenter in New York City in honor of the premiere of the landmark television event “Belief,” a seven-night documentary series narrated by Oprah Winfrey airing over seven consecutive nights that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Afterwards, Oprah Winfrey led a brief conversation around the series with the filmmakers, which was followed by a celebratory reception. The series will air October 18-24 at 8 p.m. ET/PT each night on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Attendees included Oprah Winfrey plus, Barbara Walters (The View), Common (Recording Artist/Actor), Ava DuVernay (Selma), Erik Logan(President, OWN), Sheri Salata (President, OWN / EP, Belief), David Shadrack Smith (EP, Belief, President Part2 Pictures), Jonathan Sinclair (EP, Belief), Michael Davie (Director, Belief), Eric Strauss (Director, Belief), Gayle King (CBS This Morning), Phylicia Rashad (A Raisin in the Sun), Dr. Mehmet Oz (The Dr. Oz Show), Phil Jackson (President of the New York Knicks), Norah O’Donnell (CBS This Morning), Arianna Huffington (Co-founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post), India Arie (Singer / Songwriter), Tamron Hall (Today Show), Dr. Deepak Chopra(Author/Spiritual Leader), Evelyn Lozada (Livin’ Lozada) & Shaniece Hairston (Livin’ Lozada), Reverend Bernice King (Daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King), Jay Williams (former NBA player), Elizabeth Lesser (Author & Co-founder of Omega Institute), Tenzin Priyadarshi (President & CEO of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values), Grace Hightower (Philanthropist/Actress/Singer), Tracey Jackson (Author, Director, Screenwriter), Mastin Kipp (Author), Marie Forelo (Author), Lois Robbins (Ithica), Olivia Jordan (Miss USA), Reshma Thakkard (Belief), Reverend Michael Bernard Beckwith (Agape International Spiritual Center) and more.
More about the film:
Oprah Winfrey presents “Belief,” a groundbreaking television event that depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Narrated by Oprah, this original, seven-part documentary series invites viewers to witness some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, “Belief” illuminates the best of faith and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings. Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to places cameras have rarely been, “Belief” searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and, a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as she comes face-to-face with her son’s killer. These stories and others will all lead us to ask: “What do you believe?” “Belief” is co-produced by the award-winning production companies Harpo Studios and part2 pictures. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith, Greg Henry and Kim Woodard.
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