OWN unveils “Belief” documentary series

The week-long documentary series examining global beliefs and mankind's ongoing search for meaning will air on U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this fall.
July 24, 2015

A week-long documentary series examining global beliefs and mankind’s ongoing search for meaning will broadcast across U.S. net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network this fall.

The previously announced 7 x 60-minute Belief (pictured) series is to air over seven consecutive nights beginning October 18 and will traverse the globe to spotlight the origins of diverse faiths and the spiritual journeys taken by individuals of various religious beliefs in search of meaning, love and forgiveness.

Coproduced by Harpo Studios and New York-based part2 pictures, the series will premiere with Belief: The Seekers which will thread together the stories of four individuals of different faiths and ethnicities in the search for purpose and meaning in life. The episode will follow a devout evangelical Christian searching to reconnect with her faith after suffering a trauma, and an elder Australian Aboriginal nearing death who is seeking to pass knowledge of his tribe to his bloodline.

Meanwhile, Belief: Love’s Story will premiere the following night on October 19 and will examine the meaning of unconditional love through various stories. Among those profiled in the episode are American pro skateboarder Jordan Richter, who embarks on the Hajj – an annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca – looking to make peace with his past, as well as two religious Nigerian leaders – once enemies – who come together in reconciliation and love.

Other episodes to air throughout the week include Belief: Acts of Faith (October 20), which concentrates on individuals overcoming difficult situations through forgiveness, perseverance and endurance; Belief: A Change Is Gonna Come (October 21), which investigates how belief can shape decisions and individuals as a whole; Belief: God Help Us (October 22), probing the effectiveness of prayer during tragedy, illness or loss; Belief: The Practice (October 23), in which the lifelong study and practices of a spiritual life are revealed; and finally Belief: A Good Life (October 24), which inspects how a spiritual belief can help ease looming fears of death and questions about the afterlife.

All episodes are to air at 8 p.m. EST/PST on their respective air dates.

Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith , Greg Henry and Kim Woodard are to serve as executive producers.

“For the past three years, my team and I have been working to find the most compelling and thoughtful stories of faith, love and devotion from around the world,” said Winfrey, founder of OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, in a statement.  “This truly has been my heart’s work, to be able to share stories like these that reflect our world and explore humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves.”

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