Netflix brought together top leaders in the Faith community for an inspirational conversation around Jeen-Yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy with its filmmakers. Directors, Coodie and Chike along with writer J. Ivy discussed the role Faith played throughout their careers, as well as how Faith motivated the 20-year filmmaking journey of Jeen-Yuhs.
The evening was moderated by DeVon Franklin, with Kirk Franklin and Michael Todd joining the discussion. It was an enlightening conversation on Faith’s place in culture today, how faith can frame the way we discuss entertainment, and how content can be a source of inspiration and connection.
DeVon Franklin shared, “People need hope and they need help, this event was proof that content can be used to provide both.” Kirk Franklin feels “faith should always exist outside of the church walls. If what you believe is limited, then it’s not real.” Michael Todd was overjoyed, “This event was a culture shifter for me because everybody has faith in something. Whenever you put faith in God, mixed with entertainment and culture it is a beautiful intersection of humanity and divinity.”
The filmmakers were overwhelmed with positive emotion. “We spoke to the true purpose of what this film was about. The walk in faith that this film is about. This film is about walking in faith. It’s about belief in the higher power, to remove all fear, to really discover your genius,” said Filmmaker Chike.
“When you move in faith, you never know what is going to happen…we couldn’t imagine us being on stage with DeVon Franklin, Kirk Franklin and Pastor Mike talking about Christ Jesus all because of this movie,” said Filmmaker Coodie.
“It was important for us to do this event to connect with the people, connect with the community. To let them know that this film is God-driven. It’s all about this walk we’ve been on together as a family, as a village. And to be able to connect with the larger community. It was incredible,” said J Ivy.