The sun is climbing to its highest point in the sky and it’s starting to get hot. But these young people are so busy preparing for the next scene that they hardly notice. Making a film of a Bible story is testing to the limits both their technical skills and their ability to share their faith.
Back in March, the Suriname Bible Society launched a project designed to encourage Christian young people to use modern media to share Bible stories with their contemporaries. The first stage of Bible Engagement by Youth through Modern Technology involved groups of young people choosing a Bible story to present on film in a contemporary setting. With the help of filmmakers and scriptwriters, they tackled new challenges such as writing a script, developing scenes and acting.
Now, the eight groups selected to go through to the next stage are working hard to complete their films by October – Bible Month – when they will be shown on national television. Only one winning film will finally be selected, but every group will ‘win’ in terms of gaining a better understanding of their chosen Bible story and in learning how to make the Bible’s message relevant to their peers in a format with which they feel comfortable.