Join ITVS and the Museum of Tolerance for a Screening of The Calling

Posted on March 5, 2013

ITVS and the New York Museum of Tolerance present a special free screening of  The Calling on Tuesday, March 12th.



What drives the new younger generation of professional clergy members to take on such an intense level of commitment and leadership? In 2010, director Danny Alpert took on this question in his four hour PBS documentary series The Calling, which follows seven young people of different faiths (Muslim, Christian and Jewish) through their journey of schooling and training. 

On March 12, ITVS is hosting a special free screening of a segment of The Calling together with the New York Museum of Tolerance through our Diverse Muslim Voices project. Supported by the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Arts, Diverse Muslim Voices helps build awareness and understanding in the US of the diverse range of Muslim cultures. Two of the film’s subject, Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz and Chaplin Tahera Ahmed, will be in attendance at the screening. In the documentary we are introduced to them as young people at the crossroads of their lives, struggling with dating, partners, family, and other challenges of “coming of age.” They are seeking to reconcile the modern world and their faith through community activism; balancing their egos and their desire to serve and blazing new paths to leadership while conserving age-old traditions. 

The Q&A after the screening will offer an opportunity to hear how these two charismatic leaders have grown over the past few years with more experience and leading congregations of their own. There is a reception at 6pm followed by the screening at 7pm. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is requested. 


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