Martin Doblmeier Releases Documentary on Sabbath
24 May 2023|
Documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier is well-known for his thought-provoking films on religion, faith, and spirituality. His documentary The Adventists was released in 2010, featuring the denomination’s reputation as healthful, long-living Christians. Throughout the interview process for that film, Doblmeier became impressed by the concept of the Sabbath, and he discusses his impressions of it in a YouTube video interview featured here.
This interest eventually led Doblmeier to create an interfaith documentary simply called Sabbath. The two-hour documentary discusses the burnout that is so prevalent in current culture, along with the revolutionary concept of a mandated period of rest.
Doblmeier’s company, Journey Films, has a preview page for the film on their website. Those interested in watching the entirety of the film can either sign up for free and immediately unlock a home viewing option, or select a public viewing option for more than 20 viewers.
The preview page also includes Sabbath educational materials and study guides, press resources, information about film participants, and perspectives on the Sabbath from “a range of traditions,” as well as a link to partners who are exploring Sabbath in their own way. The page even includes a subreddit for stories, tips, and discussion, as well as an option to sign up for a newsletter.
“Sabbath has ethical implications,” says theologian Dr. Richard Rice in the trailer. “Work should not be what defines us as human beings.”