Beginning this December, Discovery Networks International will air OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s epic series BELIEF in more than 220 countries and territories around the globe on its factual and lifestyle networks. Narrated by Winfrey, BELIEF is a groundbreaking original documentary series that invites viewers to witness and be moved by some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. BELIEF will premiere on Discovery Channel in Southeast Asia on 13 December at 10pm (PH) 11pm (SG/ MY).
The international BELIEF rollout is designed to maximize its impact at relevant times around the globe:
· Asia Pacific (December-January)
· Northern Europe (December)
· Southern Europe (December)
· Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa (January)
· Latin America (March)
BELIEF depicts how people with a wide range of beliefs search for deeper meaning and connection with the world around them. Through vivid, emotional storytelling and cinematic visual imagery, the documentary series illuminates the best of faith and spiritual practices from around the world – the rituals, stories and relationships that bind us all together as human beings.
“For the past three years, my team and I have been working to find the most compelling and thoughtful stories of faith, love and devotion from around the world,” said Oprah Winfrey. “This has been my heart’s work, to be able to share stories like these that reflect our world and explore humankind’s ongoing search to connect with something greater than ourselves. My intention was that the series would speak to people around the world, and I am thrilled the series can now be seen by millions of viewers worldwide.”
“BELIEF is a moving, powerful and lyrical series with themes that are iconic, universal and important, and I’m excited about the opportunity to collaborate with the Oprah Winfrey Network to air the program worldwide,” said Marjorie Kaplan, President of Global Content, Discovery Networks International. “This is a unique opportunity to showcase Oprah-curated content on an international scale and for viewers globally to come together and create vibrant dialogues in their communities.”
Traveling to the far reaches of world, and to places cameras have rarely been, BELIEF searches the origins of diverse faiths and the heart of what really matters. From the epic to the intimate, webbed throughout each hour are stories of people on spiritual journeys, taking them to sacred spaces, including: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a group of believers seek redemption along the banks of a holy river; a free climber on the side of a mountain who believes there is no greater power than just being present as he climbs without rope; inside the ceremonies of the past as a 21st century woman seeks to find a miracle cure using ancient ceremonial treatments; the quiet of the night as a culture seeks to hang on to its 50,000 year-old history by searching the stars for insight to share with future generations; and, a courtroom and prison where a grieving mother must grapple with forgiveness as she comes face-to-face with her son’s killer. These stories and others will all lead us to ask: “What do you believe?”
Click here for a sneak peek of BELIEF (with embed code): www.oprah.com/seebelief
BELIEF is co-produced by the award-winning production companies Harpo Studios and part2 pictures. Executive producers are Oprah Winfrey, Sheri Salata, Jon Sinclair, David Shadrack Smith, Greg Henry and Kim Woodard.