New York/Seoul: The United Nations headquarters at New York had a special screening of the film “Sermon on the Mount” produced and directed by Dae Hae, a Buddhist Monk of South Korea, on February 3 last. Hailed as a Christian film made by a Buddhist monk all over the world, the film has already won 19 awards in various international film festivals.
After seeing the film at Conference Hall 12 of the UN Headquarters, a UN Secretariat official said, “I was very surprised at the power of this film. The monk is really global. If the essence, not phenomena, touches each other as shown in the film, we will be truly peaceful, free from discrimination. Consistent with the goals of the United Nations, “Sermon on the Mount” is a film uniting people. Religion is used as a weapon, but this film is likely to be used as a weapon of peace.”
At the film’s screening, there was a specific and serious debate among the director, diplomats from all over the world, UN officials, and religious NGOs about the practical methods to build harmony between religions and achieve world peace, a press release from the film’s producer said. Her concrete and practical answers received lots of response from UN policymakers. Baek Seo-bin, the main actor in the film also attended the screening.
It is noteworthy that Pope Francis highly praised and actively supported this film to hold a screening at the Salesian Pontifical University. Its screenings were also held by Yale University, UCLA, and Lomonosov Moscow State University. The film won Gospel of Jesus Award and ‘New Gazes’ at the world’s four major religion film festivals: Christianity Film Festival, Catholic Film Festival, Muslim Film Festival, and Buddhist Film Festival, contributing to harmony between religions and world peace. CNN has made a documentary about the film and BBC interviewed the director.