Sacred Text, ‘Sacred’? Film: Responsible Interpretation of Scriptures in Film and Popular Media


Date: April 3 – 5, 2005
Venue: University of Central Florida, Orlando, Florida

In the wake of several recent controversial cinematic interpretations of biblical texts, and in the context of the current international political uses of scriptures from different traditions, this conference hopes to foster enlightened debate about what constitutes responsible interpretation. Are there moral imperatives for film makers and producers of popular media to promote inter-religious understanding? If all interpretations serve specific interests, are there nonetheless hermeneutical and moral guidelines that should constrain the representation of religion and religious differences in popular media?