Pascal Portoukalian / The film "La cabane" now available on DVD

Today, "La Cabane" released on DVD, 9 years after the unexpected success of the book (more than 10 million copies sold!).

Lhen I read it, I did not yet know that a film was in preparation, let alone that Paul & Zipporah would ensure its distribution. Rare enough to be noted: both books and films are fully accessible to Christian and non-Christian audiences. Can I open my heart to you? “La Cabane” overwhelmed me. I understood things that I had never seen from this angle.

1 - What is the Trinity?

“La Cabane” helped me better understand the Trinity. Many people around me - and among them, many Christians - find it difficult to understand what this "concept" of 3 people who are God but who are not exactly the same is. God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit. “La Cabane” does not present a doctrine, but allows, with simplicity and clarity, to visualize more clearly the reality of the Trinity: 3 different people, with a common identity but different attributes. What is the Father's authority over Jesus? How does the Holy Spirit live together with other people? ...

2 - The God - Man relationship

The film also puts words on the nature of the relationship of Man with God, with each of the people who make up God, and between the 3 people of the Trinity. What can we expect from God? And what does he expect from us? How is the unconditional love of God manifested in the freedom he leaves to humans? These legitimate and essential questions undoubtedly find answers in this film. The question of "relationships" is at the heart of this work, which provides the keys to understanding and approaching it.

3 - Our representations of God

Speaking of approach, I was touched by the way in which my approaches, my representations, could be titillated. Like many I think, if I have to imagine God, I will imagine him according to my cultural references, as a white man. "La Cabane" puts us face to face with a God represented in the guise of a black woman. Of course God is not a black woman. But on second thought, he's not a white man either. When he is called a “Father”, that doesn't make him a male person. The way in which God is represented is by no means the objective or the important point of the film. And that's what I like: to be jostled in my approach, to leave easy representations. And to admit that what makes the heart of the identity of God is not that one imagines him like this or that, but that one gets to know him in his compassionate, emotional, merciful, willing character. of peace, and of course: savior ...

God, as he is presented in “La Cabane”, is a God that we want to love, a God with whom we want to share, in whom we want to confide. He has all the attributes of the "Father" that the Bible exposes to us, but his representation precisely puts the finger on what 2000 years of Christian history have added, even distorted. Because God, precisely, has at his disposal a multitude of ways of revealing himself, of manifesting himself. He cannot be locked into a single “unique” conception of him: we see him act in places, cultures, and so different ways! It is also one of his ways of showing his greatness: by going beyond our benchmarks, our limits… while accepting to enter them, through Jesus.

4 - A film that you can watch with your heart

There is something disconcerting about “La Cabane”, and those who are waiting for a theological or doctrinal film (or book) might not find it useful. I have read that “La Cabane” is not biblical, and it is correct. It's a novel, a fiction. And this novel turned film has no intention of replacing the Bible. It reminds me of a time a few years ago when I was talking about a CD of Christian children's songs that featured two rabbits. An interlocutor replied curtly "What are you telling me?" Rabbits in the Gospel? Where have you been fishing this? ". So it is with "La Cabane". It is a film to be watched with the heart.

5 - Trials and forgiveness

It also deals with questions that Christians and non-Christians ask themselves, in particular on the subject of the trials we are going through: illnesses, bereavements, pain… Why suffering? If God exists, why does he allow it? It gives keys to understanding the mechanics of forgiveness: what it really is, how and why to forgive. And in particular, he invites, through the concrete example of the main character of the film, to dare to forgive and free us from the spiral in which pain and injustice can lock us.

You would have understood it. When I heard that “La Cabane” was being released on film, I had a hard time containing my joy. Because I am convinced of the good that it will be able to do to all its Christian or non-Christian spectators, while respecting people and sensibilities. With sincerity, I have no difficulty in asserting that I consider “La Cabane” as the film of the year.

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Pascal Portoukalian

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