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One Day For Peace on ABC TV

by Jodie Polutele

In one of the most multicultural cities in the world, One Day For Peace takes us on a journey across the suburbs of Western Sydney to ask: what do you believe?

Produced by Urban Theatre Projects, this multi-faith documentary combines everyday ritual with reflections on humanity, impermanence and social justice. One Day For Peace wrestles with some big (and not so big) questions inside homes, prayer houses and from the back seat of a taxi.

To make the documentary, Director Rosie Dennis spoke with more than 100 people across cultures, religions and regions in Western Sydney, and interviewed over 50 individuals. The final documentary features 24 people from 9 different faiths, including Aboriginal Spirituality, Baha’i, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Mandaeanism, Meditation, Orthodox Christianity and Sikhism.

One Day For Peace invites us into the daily lives of these people as they speak openly about what they believe, how and why they practice, their questions and doubts, and their understanding of life, death, divinity and the afterlife.

Arvinder finds inner peace through community work, Ciaron explains what drew him to Islam, Padam shows us the difference between modern and traditional turbans, while Mina and Gerry disagree about the role of the argument in their marriage. Through personal encounters with each individual, One Day For Peace highlights the commonalities between religious beliefs, as well as their differences, and ultimately celebrates our humanity.

How to watch:

  • One Day For Peace will air on ABC TV’s Compass program at 6.30pm on Sunday, 25 September 2016
  • One Day For Peace will also be available on ABC iview for 2 weeks after the television broadcast

Urban Theatre Projects (UTP) is an award-winning theatre company with over 20 years’ experience of creating work from Sydney’s west. They tell personal, real-life stories that represent a more complex portrait of contemporary Australia, and bring these stories into the everyday by creating site-specific, distinctive cultural experiences for audiences. UTP is driven to make work that has the power to shift perceptions and break down stereotypes – work that inspires us all to create a fairer and more democratic society. Blacktown Arts Centre is proud to partner with UTP on projects such as One Day For Peace, Democratic Garden and the upcoming Home Country.

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