In Search of the Sacred

Documentary style: Expository Mode

Length: 57 minutes

Presented by: Hussain Makke

Directed by: Reza John Vedadi

BARR Pictures Production.

Documentary featuring:

Prof Jordan Peterson is a Canadian clinical psychologist and a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. The author of the multi-million copy bestseller 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, #1 for nonfiction in 2018 in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil and Norway, and now slated for translation into 45 languages. His main areas of study are in abnormal, social, and personality psychology, with a particular interest in the psychology of religious and ideological belief, and the assessment and improvement of personality and performance.

Prof Seyyed Hossein Nasr, currently University Professor of Islamic Studies at the George Washington University, Washington D.C. is one of the most important and foremost scholars of Islamic, Religious and Comparative Studies in the world today. Author of over fifty books and five hundred articles which have been translated into several major Islamic, European and Asian languages, Nasr speaks and writes based on subjects such as philosophy, religion, spirituality, music, art, architecture, science, literature, civilizational dialogues, and the natural environment. He has also written two books of poetry (Poems of the Way and The Pilgrimage of Life and the Wisdom of Rumi) and has been described as a “polymath”

Prof Rupert Sheldrake is a biologist and author of more than 90 scientific papers and 9 books, and the co-author of 6 books. His books have been published in 28 languages. He was among the top 100 Global Thought Leaders for 2013, as ranked by the Duttweiler Institute, Zurich, Switzerland’s leading think tank.

Prof Abdal Hakim Murad also known as Timothy John Winter is a Muslim scholar, researcher, writer and academic. Winter was educated at Westminster School and graduated with a double-first in Arabic from Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1983. He then went on to study at Al Azhar University in Cairo and further private study with individual scholars in Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Shaykh Abdul Hakim is currently the Dean of the Cambridge Muslim College and Professor of Islamic Studies at both Cambridge Muslim College and Ebrahim College. He is the Director of Studies (Theology and Religious Studies) at Wolfson College.

Karen Armstrong, author, scholar, and journalist, is among the world’s foremost commentators on religious history and culture.
She is the author of numerous books on religion, including The Case for God, A History of God, The Battle for God, Holy War, Islam, Buddha, and The Great Transformation, as well as a memoir, The Spiral Staircase. Her work has been translated into forty-five languages. In 2008 she was awarded the TED Prize and began working with TED on the Charter for Compassion, created online by the general public, crafted by leading thinkers in Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Confucianism. It was launched globally in the fall of 2009. Also in 2008, she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal. In 2013, she received the British Academy’s inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Transcultural Understanding.

Russell Brand is a successful English comedian, actor, radio host, author and activist.

Elliott Hulse is an internationally renowned Strength & Conditioning Coach, Strongman, Author, Social Media Celebrity, Mentor, Holistic Life Coach, and Inspiration to Millions of people. Sharing his message “Be the Strongest Version of Yourself and Inspire Others” with over 2.5 Million subscribers through his YouTube channel “Strength Camp” he made himself a name for unifying the development of the body and the mind.

Ven Miao Guang is the Director of Fo Guang Shan Department of International Affairs and she is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at Nanhua University FGS Tsung-Lin Campus. She is also Assistant Professor, College of Buddhist Studies, Guang Ming College, Philippines


We live in a world where religion and spirituality have widely been misunderstood. Godlessness prevails over mankind. Many of us don’t comprehend the meaning of what is sacred – or if the notion still even still exists. We have no notion of inner peace. We are told to doubt rather than be certain. We are told to prove rather than believe. Consumerism and materialism reign supreme over belief and devotion in a world of profanity.

The ancient traditions, spiritual truths, practices and religions of the world can aid us in bridging the gap between modern man’s current state and the undeniable thirst for meaning.

For 6 years I have been travelling, studying and teaching what I know. Seeking knowledge from the ancient traditions of the world, to find the answers to quench our undeniable thirst for meaning – in search of the sacred

Presenter Profile:

Hussain Makke, is 30 years old, born and raised in the tough areas of Tottenham. His family roots are Lebanese decent. He graduated with a Journalism degree in 2012 before going onto study at the Islamic Seminary in Lebanon for 6 years. He has completed a Master’s degree in Religion in Global Politics at SOAS University of London.  For three years Hussain has been invited by different Islamic centres, Summer Camps and Youth groups in various cities from; Australia, Canada, Denmark, UK and USA, to mentor the youth, and help guide them on a more productive and fulfilling life as individuals.

Director Profile:

Reza John Vedadi, is 41 years old. He has completed his two Master’s degrees. First in Film Production from London Metropolitan, and second Master’s on Islamic Studies from Middlesex & ICAS universities. He is currently studying for his PhD in media and representation at Loughborough University London.

He has worked on as director, producer or cinematographer on over 50 documentaries.

In 2012 Reza John and Hussain Makke won the best documentary at The New Horizon International Film Festival in Tehran, and in 2014 they won best documentary at Ammar International Film Festival.

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