New Delhi, January 22, 2016 – Discovery Channel will premiere OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s BELIEF, a revolutionary television series that will depict how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them.
Narrated by Oprah Winfrey, BELIEF will invite viewers to witness and be moved by some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. The seven part series BELIEF will premiere on February 1 and air every Monday at 9 PM on Discovery Channel.
Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, the series will illuminate different faiths and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings. Travelling to the far reaches of world and to places cameras have rarely been, BELIEF will search the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters.
Commenting on the programme, Rahul Johri, EVP and GM-South Asia, Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, “We are delighted to present the landmark series BELIEF to our viewers in India. Exploring different faiths, BELIEF will highlight the spiritual journeys of human beings around the world.”
The epic series, BELIEF will showcase some of the Indian stories of people on their spiritual journeys including Reshma Thakkar, a young Indian-American Hindu woman from Chicago, travels to the banks of the Ganges River in India for the Kumbh Mela, joining millions at the world’s largest spiritual gathering; the story of Anju, a young woman in central India who has committed to forgo all of life’s conveniences and permanently sever ties with her family in order to be initiated as a Jain nun. The series also touches upon India and one of the world’s largest religions, Hinduism. It will share a glimpse of how Hindus from all walks of life unite to celebrate the festival of colors – Holi.
From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and, a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as she comes face-to-face with her son’s killer. These stories and others will all lead us to ask: “What do you believe?”
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