Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Hug an Atheist, a Documentary

Sylvia Broeckx has been working on a crowd source funded documentary film about being an atheist in America. It is done and will be released on September 14th at the fifth annual Atheist Film Festival in San Francisco. I'm really looking forward to seeing it, once I can purchase a copy.  




Hug an Atheist is about the lives of American atheists told in personal interviews that cover topics like love, loss, decency, and discrimination. It humanizes humanists and works to dispel some of the more pernicious misconceptions that are spread by the hateful or the ignorant.





What the film does not do is serve to attack the philosophical underpinnings of religion or lay out a case for why atheism is the more reasonable position. It isn't an atheist polemic. It isn't about how the believer and the unbeliever are different. It is about our shared humanity, morality, and emotional richness. 

Dan Fincke is one of the atheists in the film and he has published a wonderful article describing it.