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Compassion Film Festival and Symposium about individual action

Filmmaker Deborah Harse will discuss her documentary film, “A Miracle A Day” at the Compassion Film Festival and Symposiumon on Sunday at the Third Street Center in Carbondale.
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The Compassion Film Festival and Symposium returns to Carbondale’s Third Street Center this weekend with films, workshops and a concert Saturday evening by local favorites Let Them Roar.

The weekend will include 18 films, including three feature-length films, that the festival’s presenters culled from 100 submissions. Two of the feature films will include Q&A discussions with the filmmakers. Ernesto and Vanessa Quintero will introduce and discuss their film, “A Sacred Journey,” on Friday evening, and filmmaker Deborah Harse will be present Sunday to discuss her film, “A Miracle A Day.”

Eight different workshops also will dot the weekend, including three in Spanish, and a Sunday morning yoga session will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

The Way of Compassion Foundation, whose mission is “to inspire people and organizations to engage in compassionate activities by providing education and resources that highlight the tools and resources to put compassion into action,” is presenting the festival. Foundation director Aaron Taylor said the goal of the festival is highlighting those organizations and individuals that are engaged in compassionate action.

“It’s about displaying what it looks like and what are some of the inspirations and ideas behind compassionate actions in our world, with the idea and the hope that when people leave [the festival] they feel like, ‘I can do that,’ or, ‘My skill-set can be applied in this different way to help my neighbors out, help my communities out,’” Taylor said.

The workshops, Taylor said, are focused around providing tools and resources for people to bring compassionate actions into their lives.

“Some of them might be focused on something personal like, ‘How do I cultivate genuine happiness,’ or there’s a workshop called ‘Bias-Free Compassion’ about how you incorporate this idea of privilege into a compassionate lens,” he said.

“It’s really about how you combine celebration and coming together with the encouragement of more kindness and compassion in the world.”

jbear@postindependent.com


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