Multi-Ethnic Film Productions
Multi-Ethnic Film Productions began as an earnest desire by Multi-Ethnic Programs & Development Director Glen Kinoshita to document the student experience. Glen’s films have grown into a visionary endeavor to stimulate thought, dialogue and change within Christian higher education.
Through these films and the production of many more, Multi-Ethnic Film Productions hopes to offer education, understanding, and ultimately change within students, faculty and staff in Christian Higher Education, to embrace reconciliation as an integral part of God’s Kingdom.
All Multi-Ethnic Film Production films are produced by Glen Kinoshita through the Multi-Ethnic Programs & Development department at Biola University.
Unspoken is a collection of poetry and spoken word celebrating passion, hope and vision. Stories and narrative are deep inside all of us. Our insights and passions are an incredible means by which the community at large is enriched. As poets deliver their art of spoken word, what lies within begins to manifest itself. Their energy and precision seek to inspire as you engage the message they bring.
One of the most recent MEFP films released, Speakin' Up explores the life stories and growth processes of Christian students in the academy. Through the heart narratives of these students, we are inspired to take part in an essential component of the Kingdom of God: valuing the diversity in each other.
Human Tapestry is a collection of stories from different people in various walks of life which debuted in 2010. The film divides fifteen stories into four parts (approximately 25 minutes each), featuring student stories, personal narratives and spoken word poetry. These stories bring a collage of perspectives displaying the diversity within the Kingdom of God.
Released in 2009, Dawn in the Darkness addresses the issue of diversity and social justice in the Scriptures by challenging viewers to begin constructing a Biblical paradigm where racial reconciliation and social justice are central. With interviews with pastors and clips from sermon messages, this film ultimately urges viewers to pursue understanding the Gospel holistically and to build the Kingdom of God “on earth as it is in Heaven.”
Standing in the Gap: Student Voices in Reconciliation sheds light on the crucial role students play in the process of justice, advocacy and reconciliation. Through student interviews, group dialogue and classroom exercises, Standing in the Gap demonstrates not only the value of student input in the process of attaining reconciliation but the importance of understanding and reflecting on issues related to reconciliation.
Glen's first film, In Search of Shalom: White People in Reconciliation, stimulates personal thought and group dialogue about White people in America facing the challenges of racial reconciliation. This documentary gives voice to White people on the journey of reconciliation and the struggles they encounter, and reflects a diversity of thoughts on cultural diversity, institutional power and white identity.
Diversity and Documentary Films: Where are the Christians?
"...I discovered very quickly that one of the most effective ways to engage students in dialogue was through the use of documentary films. The power of stories can spark critical thinking, reflection and dialogue like nothing else." Continued...
$20 each- for individual/private use (not for public exhibition).
$50 each- for church/nonprofit organizations (public exhibition okay).
$125 each- for institutions of higher education (public exhibition okay).
$15 FedEx Ground shipping for first film; add $5 for each additional film.
California residents, please add 8.75% sales tax.