The Unbelievers was awesome! It’s was way more than I expected. I was in utter awe to be surrounded by that many freethinkers. I felt great relief to know I wasn’t alone in my journey and to see real people not just usernames. It was a place where we could laugh at religion and not be alone. And we did laugh at religion.
The event was also a bonding experience for me. I was accompanied by my two younger brothers. We made a day of it. Laughing and eating lunch. People watching as we stood in line getting drench by God’s attempt to cry us away (it was raining). I believe this is what it is truly about. Coming together. Or at least that was the vibe I got.
The movie was brilliant. Simple really. It was a documentary style film that followed Dawkins and Krauss in their adventures and debates. I felt it was designed to induce conversation and the directors confirmed this. After the movie the heroes of the film and directors came on stage to answer questions. This, for me, was the highlight of the show. I laughed so hard at some of their comments that I cried. Questions ranged from emotional help to getting over a dead relative. Some seemed to try and and out wit our heroes. They were dismantled quickly.
After the Q&A was a book signing. This was the only part that slightly disappointed me. I would of loved to have a book signed. If they would of had books on sale I would of spent a small fortune. But alas, it was byob (bring your own book). My brother brought his. Lucky. I did not. The reason why I did not was that I emailed the Dawkins Foundation’s staff and asked, specifically if there was going to be a meet and greet/book signing. They said no.
I still waited in line and got a picture with Dr. Krauss. My brother got signatures from both. Dawkins did not do pictures.
I left with good memories, great friends and a smile. It was worth the 3 hour drive and every penny. I would recommend this experience to anyone and everyone. If you have the opportunity do it. Don’t miss out.