Religions Around the World - Complete Series (Box Set) Judaism, Eastern Orthodox, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam
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(Nov 26, 2010)
This unique box set contains five different religions around the world. Judaism, Eastern Orthodox, Buddhism, Sikhism, and Islam are covered during this program. All five religions are broken down so individuals will understand the meaning of each religion. Believers of each faith are interviewed during this program.
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The films are very short, 10-20 minutes, with only part of that time devoted to the religion mentioned in the title. The films were made by the Chicago police department to help educate police who come in contact with religious and ethnic diversity in their daily police duties.
This films have nothing to do with "religions around the world," and everything to do with a few of the diverse religions practiced by people in Chicago. The special concern of the series seems to be informing police and TSA staff how do do their job without unnecessarily offending, by their cultural insensitivity, the the person being searched. For example, the 2nd half of the 20 minutes film on Buddhism, explains that Sikhs with turbans should be examined in a private area, and the same for Muslim women wearing the head scarf. Also male TSA staff shouldn't touch Muslim women, etc. etc. Much of the film is taken up by religious informants explaining how they would like to be treated in TSA airport searches.
I say good for the Chicago police department for wishing to instill greater religious/ethnic sensitivity to their staff. However, if you are searching for films on world religions for use in the college or high school classroom I would advise you to look elsewhere.
The two five-star reviews that I read led me to purchase the series for my institution, or should I say misled me to make the purchase. Superior material is available on You Tube. I will not be using these films in my course on World Religion in the fall.
All five films are around twenty five minutes long. The interviews are filmed well and they catch the true passion each individual feel about their religion. This set is under priced because it was filmed well and each interview was real and not fake are staged. I hope my future films can come close to this set of films.