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CLEARWATER, Fla., Sept. 13, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- A variety of short films from across the globe will be highlighting the human condition on Saturday the 15th of September at the Tampa Bay Humanitarian Film Festival. Sponsored by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, along with United for Human Rights Florida Chapter, the Way to Happiness Association of Tampa Bay, the Florida Chapter of the Foundation for a Drug-Free World and others, narrative and documentary shorts from as far afield as Egypt, Russia and Romania will be screened.
More than 20 films will be screened.
“These films cover a wide variety of topics,” said event organizer Lisa Mansell. “As examples, we are showing a film on fracking, another on a program that helps veterans with PTSD recover through working with wild mustangs and yet another on a group of children who learn and perform Shakespeare’s plays. The point is to show that there are people around the world who have a positive outlook on humanity.”
The event begins with a reception at 4pm in the Scientology Information Center, 500 Cleveland Street in downtown Clearwater. Here, guests can pick up their complimentary festival badge and schedule. Screenings will be held at the humanitarian centers along North Fort Harrison Ave starting at 5pm. Refreshments will be served.
The festival will be capped by the 8pm screening of a full-length feature film in the Osceola Courtyard, located at 201 N. Fort Harrison Ave.
The Humanitarian program Centers, located along N. Fort Harrison Ave. between Cleveland and Drew Streets, house the social betterment and humanitarian programs supported by the Church of Scientology. Non-religious in nature, these non-profit organizations offer resources to help tackle global issues like drug abuse, human trafficking and psychiatric abuse to declining moral values.
“The Aims of Scientology are pretty simple,” said Ms. Mansell. “L. Ron Hubbard wrote that these are ‘A civilization without insanity, without criminals and without war, where the able can prosper and honest beings can have rights and where man is free to rise to greater heights, are the aims of Scientology.’ We hope that by showing these films, people are inspired to help their communities as well as foster an interest in film.”
For more information about the festival, please call 727-467-6966.
About the Church of Scientology
The Scientology religion was founded by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed by Scientologists in Los Angeles in 1954. Today the religion spans the globe with more than 11,000 Churches, Missions and affiliated groups across 167 nations. Social responsibility is a logical extension of spiritual values, and since the founding of the Church of Scientology in 1954, Scientologists have been actively involved in service to their communities.
Humanitarian and Social Betterment programs sponsored by Scientologists and like-minded groups include: United for Human Rights, The Way to Happiness Foundation, The Foundation for a Drug Free World, the Scientology Volunteer Ministers, the Citizen’s Commission on Human Rights and Criminon.
Contact: Lisa Mansell
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