Quarantined Faith

Quarantined FaithDuring the COVID-19 quarantine in Italy, religious gatherings are suspended. How do Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Protestant and Buddhist Romans cope with losing connection with their communities and traditions at a time they need them most? Featuring interviews with religious leaders and laypeople who explain how their communities “virtually” observed Passover, Easter, and Ramadan this year in Rome, this documentary is a testament to how they maintain resilience and connectedness, and how the crisis has called them to draw more deeply on their spiritual resources.

For this episode of “On Dialogue” we sat down with Dr. Jenn Lindsay, a documentary filmmaker and KAICIID Fellow, who during the onset of the first COVID-19 lockdown, produced a short documentary film about how religious communities in Rome found creative solutions to celebrate Passover, Easter and Ramadan despite the lockdown. In her film Quarantined Faith, Lindsay documents how members of the different religious communities of Rome found new ways to stay connected through innovative storytelling methods and how the isolation brought them closer together in many ways.

Following the release of the film, we invited Lindsay to talk with us about her deeply personal experience in making the film, as well as the challenges and discoveries she faced shooting a documentary without being able to leave her home.

Watch the film and listen to Lindsay discuss the film below.



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The filmmaker is Dr. Jenn Lindsay, an American social scientist and documentary filmmaker who has been crafting ethnographic research and compelling visual stories about social and religious diversity since 1998. Dr. Lindsay is based in Rome, Italy, and teaches as a Lecturer in Sociology and Communications at John Cabot University, Saint John’s University, and the University of California Education Abroad Program


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