The Search: Manufacturing Belief


THE SEARCH: MANUFACTURING BELIEF is a feature length documentary that examines the mysterious, universal emotion of awe — that “aha! moment” or epiphany — as experienced by Patrick Payne, first as a teenager at a Catholic Retreat Weekend in 1975, and then again more than 40 years later as a seasoned agnostic and skeptic.

The film features exclusive interviews with some of the world’s foremost thought leaders and public intellectuals Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, Anil Seth, Bart Ehrman, Onora O’Neil and others.

At a time when society is confronting extreme political and religious divisiveness, THE SEARCH examines the causes and effects of persuasion, deception and authority over our most cherished, sacred beliefs.

Juxtaposing reason with mythology, philosophy with religion, and science with mysticism, filmmaker Patrick Payne interviews thought leaders from across this spectrum to build a penetrating, provocative and personal inquiry into the question of awe, objective truth and trust in the 21st Century.

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