In addition to the typical big-name high profile movie fare that usually debuts at the Cannes Film Festival, Sean Penn, this year’s Cannes Jury President, has handpicked an unlikely documentary to also make its debut this week.
“The Third Wave” a film by Australian-born director Alison Thompson was created out of footage Thompson and other volunteers took while doing relief work in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami disaster. One of the reasons this film seems an unlikely choice for the high-brow festival is that Thompson is a Christian who has found an effusive supporter in Penn.


Penn is calling this movie a “must-see” for everyone and “inspires the very best in us.” Certainly Thompson’s quiet, positive, socially-aware view of Christianity may have a better shot of finding acceptance over such other Cannes fare as “Atheists Will Burn in Hell.”
Penn and Thompson will continue to work together as Penn is also involved in her next project “The Dirty Hands Caravan,” a documentary about a trip Penn took in a bio-fuel bus to New Orleans.

More from Beliefnet and our partners
previous posts

Justin Bieber has had a thriving music career, but not one that wasn’t filled with a few speed bumps in the road. Now, Bieber has taken control of his life and is doing better than ever, according to a new interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe. In the 45-minute discussion, Bieber was vulnerable about his […]

The Wilson Phillips singer says Jesus is the “way, the truth and the light” and wants other people to experience His love. Singer Chynna Phillips is not afraid to be vocal about her faith in the music industry and how others can inspire through their faith. In a recent interview with Page Six she said […]

If you’re a fan of Stephen Colbert, you probably know he’s a strong man of faith. What you may not know is that there was a time when he was convinced of his own atheism after losing confidence in God. “The Late Show” host isn’t uncomfortable talking about his Catholic faith. He grew up in […]

In the 92-year history of the Academy Awards, 2020 marked the first year a non-English film won an Oscar for best picture. “Parasite”, by Bong Joon Ho, also took home awards for best director, best international film and best screenplay. The win for “Parasite” came in year in which many criticized the lack of diversity […]