Bradford Screening of ‘Love is a Verb’

Open to Everyone
Free to Attend

National Media Museum BRADFORD, BD1 1NQ

Dr Ismail Mesut Sezgin

Research Assistant in Religion and Society, Regent's Park College

Dr Ozcan Keles

Dr Ozcan Keles

Chairperson of the Dialogue Society

Ozcan is a non-practising Barrister and member of the Honourable Society of Gray's Inn. He is the Chairperson of the Dialogue Society since 2008; was the Executive Chairperson of the same organisation between 2008 and 2014; the Executive Editor of the peer-reviewed biannual academic Journal of Dialogue Studies since 2014 and a full-time PhD candidate in the sociology of human rights at the University of Sussex. Between 2006 and 2009 he was a research student with Prof Kevin Boyle at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, where he held the Scholarship Award of 2006. Ozcan was called to the Bar in 2005 after successfully completing the Bar course at the Inns of Court School of Law. He obtained his LLM in Human Rights Law from SOAS, University of London, in 2002.

Organisers: Centre for Hizmet Studies & Dialogue Society

Love is a verb is a documentary by Terry Spencer Hesser exploring the ordinary lives and stories of people in Hizmet, a social movement inspired by the Islamic scholar and teacher, Fethullah Gülen, and geared towards serving all people regardless of their faith and religion through dialogue, education and relief work. The documentary was narrated by Hollywood actress Ashley Judd and produced by Global Vision Productions.

At a time when terrorist groups command world attention through their brutal acts that they claim to be committing in the name of Islam, we believe it is most timely to explore the works and activities of ordinary people in Hizmet (literally meaning ‘service’) whose source of inspiration is Islam yet whose aims, values, practices and activities are not just entirely different but diametrically opposed to those of the murderous terrorists mentioned above. As Hizmet grows in over 160 countries through dialogue, education and relief work, seeing the movement through the lens of Terry Spencer is an opportunity for anyone interested in exploring the human-stories around a faith-inspired (in motivation) yet faith-neutral (in activities and inclusiveness) movement growing worldwide.

Programme

18:30 – 19:00 Welcome and registration
19:00 – 20:00 Screening
20:00 – 20:30 Q&A with our panellists
20:30 – Refreshments and feedback

Love is a Verb official website: http://www.loveisaverbmovie.com/movie/

For the UK premiere of Love is a Verb, please click here.