Documentary Screening of Love is a Verb
Love Is A Verb is an examination of a social movement called Hizmet aka Gulen Movement after its inspiration source Fethullah Gulen, a man that Time Magazine named as one of the most influential leaders in the world in 2013.
Hundreds gathered at the Atlanta History Center on the evening of Wednesday, September 24, 2014 to experience the dedication of Hizmet Movement volunteers in Turkey and around the world.
The Love is a Verb documentary screening event began with a reception where guests from all backgrounds were able to make new acquaintances and reminisce with friends. The documentary showcased humble and altruistic people who risk their lives to help others. Both educational and enlightening, this documentary covered the history of the Hizmet Movement focusing on Mr. Fethullah Gulen who inspired the volunteers all around the world that have made it their life-long goal to serve others. The evening concluded with a Q&A session with both director and co-producer of the film moderated by Atlantic Institute’s Director of Academic Affairs, Dr. Mustafa Sahin.
It’s one thing to hear about what others are doing for people in need, but being able to actually see these efforts carried out in action creates inspiration and a newfound respect. The word Hizmet means "service" in Turkish which is so accurately reflected in the film’s namesake Love is a Verb. The director, Terry Spencer Hesser and co-producer Hakan Berberoglu successfully captured the humility within these people featured - or Hizmetans as Ms. Hesser and Mr. Berberoglu so cleverly coined them - and portrayed the beauty of the movement. The focus was not about self-gratification or pushing a specific agenda, but rather, observing the will of these volunteers who so deeply care about humanity. It’s about seeing pass people as “the other” and ceasing discrimination amongst people who come from different walks of life simply because we do not understand them. The film helped reveal that regardless of your faith, ethnicity, or nationality, this movement teaches love as it should be - expressed through action.
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