Martin Doblmeier

Martin Doblmeier, an acclaimed Emmy-award-winning documentarian, will speak at Pacific for the annual Colliver Lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Alumni House on the Stockton campus. Doblmeier makes movies that explore the lives and actions of people who are believers and how their actions affect society as a whole. Prior to his lecture, four of his movies will be shown on campus.

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Filmmaker Martin Doblmeier is 2012 Colliver Lecturer

Jan 18, 2012

There's an old adage that people should never discuss religion or politics, especially with strangers. Martin Doblmeier has made a living violating that rule.

Doblmeier, an acclaimed Emmy-award-winning documentarian, specializes in films about religious believers and their impact on the world. He will speak at Pacific for the annual Colliver Lecture series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 in the Alumni House on the Stockton campus. The Colliver Lecture, which features experts on different religious topics, is free and open to the public.

Four of Doblmeier's films will be shown at Pacific during the two weeks prior to the lecture.

"Martin Doblmeier has elevated religious discussion by using his films to explore how religious beliefs have motivated human action and the impact those beliefs and actions have had on individuals and societies," said Professor George Randels, Jr., the chair of Pacific's Department of Religious and Classical Studies. "He doesn't focus on basic doctrines, but rather uses a wider perspective, such as the links between religion and health, and the links between faith and social responsibility."

Doblmeier is the founder and president of Journey Films, a film and television production company that focuses on religion, faith and spirituality and their role in our world today. Since beginning Journey in 1984, he has produced more than two dozen award-winning films and profiled Nobel laureates, leading religious figures and heads of state in more than 50 countries.

In 2010, his film "Washington National Cathedral: A New Century, A New Calling," won an Emmy for its review of the century-long process of building the United States of America's "national house of prayer." He also won the Gabriel Award six times for best film on a topic of religion, and twice won top honors from the Religious Communicators Council.

His most acclaimed film is 2003's "Bonhoeffer," a documentary film on the German theologian and Nazi resister Dietrich Bonhoeffer who joined the plots to kill Adolf Hitler. The film was released nationally in theaters and took the top prize for documentary films at numerous film festivals, as well as the Gabriel Award.

His latest film is "The Adventists," which explores the intersection of faith, health, and health care through the eyes of Seventh-day Adventists. That film has won both the Gabriel and Telly awards, and was aired nationally on PBS in 2010.

"Bonhoeffer" will be played Monday, Feb. 13, and "The Adventists" will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 22. Other films that will be played are "Albert Schweitzer: Called to Africa," a docu-drama about the Nobel Laureate, and "The Power of Forgiveness," which explores seven stories on how various faith traditions and health sciences have convened around the topic of forgiveness in healing. "Albert Schweitzer" will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 15, while "Forgiveness" will be screened Tuesday, Feb. 21. All four films will start at 7 p.m. in the Janet Leigh Theatre. They are free and open to the public.

For more information about Doblmeier or Journey films, visit

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