Synopsis by Mark Deming
A pair of filmmakers explore the issues of faith in the 21st century during the shooting of a controversial retelling of the life of Jesus Christ in this documentary. Francesco Cabras and Alberto Molinari are documentarians who also work as actors, and the two men had small roles in Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ. During the course of filming in Southern Italy, Cabras and Molinari brought a small camera crew to the set and conducted interviews with members of the cast and crew (including Gibson, Jim Caviezel, and Monica Bellucci) in which they asked a few simple yet revealing questions about faith. As actors, historical advisors, local extras, grips, and others ponder questions such as "Who is God to you?," "What happens after life?," and "If you were born on the other side of the world, would you have the same religion?," the subjects attempt to explain their own perspectives on faith and their personal relationship with the Lord as well as the circumstances that led them to their current beliefs. The Big Question received its North American premier at the 2004 AFI Film Festival.
faith, God, interview, questioning [inquisitiveness], spirituality, testimonials