By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna
Founder Of Kaduna International Film Festival (KADIFF), Israel Kashim Audu has while felicitattinv With Christian faithful at Easter 2021, urged film makers to focus on stories depicting love, tolerance, peace and reconciliation.
He expressed this in a statement made available to our correspondent.
“As we celebrate Easter this year I urge the film makers to tell more stories on victory, love, tolerance, peace, reconciliation and forgiveness,” he said.
In the statement titled, “Love, Forgiveness And Tolerance” Audu said that Easter is a Christian festival which celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
“This year’s Easter Sunday falls on 4th April while Good Friday falls on 2nd April and will be celebrated all across the globe.
“According to the New Testament of the Bible, Easter occurs three days after the crucifixion of Jesus by Romans, the summary of the three days Easter story is also called Paschal Triduum.
“Easter concludes the “Passion of Christ”, which begins with a 40 days period of fasting (Lent) and is concluded by the Holy Week. Holy Thursday (celebration of Jesus’s last supper), the crucifixion of Jesus Christ on Good Friday and Holy Saturday are part of the Holy Week which ends on Easter Sunday.
“Whether we like it or not, we are bound to experience the Easter story in our lives as believers. There are some days that it would seem as if the world is falling apart on us,” he saix.
He further said that there are days that enemies may appear to be having the upper hand; where people get the direct opposite of their prayers; while their faith is so terribly shaken and they begin to wonder if God is still powerful, “but at the end remember you will rise again just like Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday.”
The KADIFF founder said that with the high cases of insecurity in Nigeria, kidnappings, unrest, hatred for one another, religion, tribe, race, political violence, one great lesson to be learnt at Easter is that all should embrace peace, tolerance, accepting responsibilities, love for one another, forgiveness and reconciliation.
“Following the lifestyle of Christ Knowing that your difficult situation today God is always with you.
“Cheer up. The sufferings you are experiencing now may seems shameful, painful and difficult. Don’t worry, just as we celebrate Easter (the resurrection of Christ) this year, people will come from north, east and west to listen to your story and congratulate you. Do not give up on God.
“Make that call today and put a smile on someone’s face, celebrate with loved ones, friends, families, and the less privileged.
“Stay safe always because I care and love you.
“Wishing you all a happy Easter holiday 2021,” he concluded.