The “emPOWR” Film Festival

Adjacent to the Salt Palace Convention Center is the Utah Museum of Contemporary Arts (UMOCA) which would serve as the official movie theatre of the 2015 Parliament. Guests were treated to discussions with the creators of the 12 films by attending panels featuring directors, producers and actors, including members of the Oprah Winfrey Network and indigenous filmmaker and activist Stephen Newcomb.

The Harvard University Pluralism Project took notice of the film fest, reporting later that the festival featured films like “Standing on Sacred Ground, a four-part series about the work of indigenous people around the world working to preserve their sacred lands, and Born into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids, a documentary about the sons and daughters of prostitutes in the city of Calcutta." In addition to the emPOWR Film Festival, the Parliament also featured a screening and panel discussion of Belief, a production of the Oprah Winfrey Network which aired for the first time on October 18, 2015. Parliament guests were treated to a video message directly from Ms, Oprah Winfrey!

Guests enjoyed a special exclusive interview with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and learned about the incredible activities of Claremont Lincoln from its President, Eileen Aranda, and founder Mr. David Lincoln