Fatin Mohd Fadzil
I cannot be separated from the beauty of dance, Bollywood filmmaking and colour marker.
I am fascinated with telling people’s stories. I am interested in empowering the marginalized and minority groups of people. A part of my design identity is embracing the design process and valuing the experience gained throughout the journey.
What was the most intense deadline you’ve had to make?
My interfaith documentary in about 4 weeks for Project 1 Design Workshop, November 2016.
What is the most useful piece of design advice that you have received?
“Embrace the process”
Other than design, what creative fields interest you most?
If you could learn any new skill or talent, what would it be?
Acting for the screen and stage.
Prayer Rituals of the Abrahamic Faiths
How do we build bridges between the believers of the Abrahamic faiths? How do we foster understanding about each other despite the differences that we have? Knowing that Judaism, Christianity and Islam all have common values and ethics, what are the patterns or similarities in the prayer or worship rituals of these religions?
By highlighting the core ideas of the prayer rituals, the audience is presented with how these religions are similar in many ways. Ultimately, these similarities will promote understanding between the believers of these faiths and potentially those who do not necessarily subscribe to either Judaism, Christianity or Islam.
This documentary explores the prayer rituals of Judaism, Christianity and Islam through a lens of structured list of subtopics. It also allowed participants to narrate and interpret how they self-identify with their faiths. The information presented in the documentary is relatable to the audience as the documentary provides personal examples of the topic.
One of the biggest challenges throughout this process was my dependence on almost unknown content for the final product. I had to interview the participants (a process I truly enjoyed!) before structuring how the documentary was going to flow. However, I had faith in the process and embraced the outcome. I understood that there are similarities in the three religions and if the results did not show exactly what I had wished, then it proves one thing: just because one religion may have a guideline for a prayer ritual, it does not mean that everyone who subscribes to that one religion practices it the same way. Some believers are more conservative and some, more liberal.
Some of the questions that the participants were asked include: What is the most important thing to you about praying? What is the role of prayer in supporting each other specifically the members of your community? Are there any rules regarding what you wear during prayer?
Structure and flow
When I was assembling the interview videos, the clips became more and more like a piece of documentary that is trying too hard to be creative. The solution to this creative problem was to insert interesting transition frames.
Instead of making the interview questions dictate the flow of the documentary, I restructured the whole documentary to be based on the participants’ answers. What the participants said became the structure of how my documentary flowed from one topic to another.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank David, Nurul, Adam, Afzyim, Imran, Brent, Michele, Jennie, Jenn, Arliene and Zakkeeyyah as well as everyone who helped me throughout this journey.