Gran Paradiso Film Festival

From July 23 to 28, 2018 in Cogne and August in the Grand-Paradis valleys

“The major monotheistic religions and nature” for De Rerum Natura at the Gran Paradiso Film Festival

Today, Thursday 28 August, as part of the extensive program of De Rerum Natura the proposed theme for discussion was “The major monotheistic religions and nature”, with the speakers debating how nature is perceived by the major religions and what is the relationship between them and spirituality.

The protagonists of the event were three high profile speakers, who expressed the point of view of the major monotheistic religions with assertion: the Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Spiritual Counsellor of Saint-Egidio Community; Riccardo di Segni, Chief rabbi of the Jewish Community of Rome; Khaled Fouad Allam, sociologist and Islam expert.

Many voices interweaving around a common theme, guided by an exceptional moderator, Walter Barberis, Presidente of Giulio Einaudi publishing house.

“That nature prompts a spiritual approach to life is true for everyone, I think, including non believers. When nature is experienced with intensity it engenders an important occasion for meditation - what is interesting is understanding what is the position of various cultures and religions not only in regard to the planet but also to all the living creatures  argued Walter Barberis.

The event was accompanied by the evocative live music of the local musician and composer Christian Toma, who played the oboe, the English horn and the bass clarinet.   

For further information about the events and the screenings please consult the catalogue.