Perhaps it isn’t fair since I haven’t seen the full film but judging from the trailer, the film looks to be a piece of puffery. I’d rather see a documentary style film of interviews with people like Juan Cole, William Garlinton, Abbas Amanat, Dann May, Keven Brown, William McCants, Sen McGlinn, etc. If you are familiar with the recent history of the Baha’i Faith, you’ll recognize those names. If not, you can find out more about them online.
Such a production might turn out a bit dry but it certainly would be more insightful. It would deal with not just about where the Baha’i Faith has come from and what it is about from but also where it is headed. The problem is that a non-Baha’i would really have to be “plugged in” to do a film like that.
The Wayfarer was done by someone who knew little about the Baha’i Faith and set out to learn the basics by visiting communities around the world. Maybe, just maybe, Jess Firth and Alexander Hedly will do a follow up which deals with the real Baha’i community and its challenges now that they know the basics.
With thanks to Steve Marshall of BahaisOnline