‘Hope – Rev Dr Norman Shanks’

What is hope? How can one have hope? Can one live without hope?

Rev Dr Norman Shanks talks about hope in relation to faith and love, quoting some lines from T.S.Eliot’s ‘East Coker’, and also in relation to the myth of Pandora’s box.

The interview was carried out with the Japanese audience in mind. When native speakers of Japanese hear ‘hope’, they may immediately translate it into the Japanese word for it, ‘kibou’ (希望), and start to understand the concept of ‘hope’ within Japanese cultural context, perhaps unconsciously. However, there are subtle differences between ‘hope’ and ‘kibou’ (希望).

This is a part of Documentary Films Production.


Directed, filmed and edited by: Yushin Toda
Produced by Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda, Japan Desk Scotland
15 minutes
In English with English subtitles
© Japan Desk Scotland 2016


This has been shown:

(1) on Wednesday 26 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17;

(2) on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Inclusive Glasgow – Documentaries’ event. The event was part of the West End Festival;

(3) on Monday 11 June 2018 at University of Glasgow Chapel, as part of ‘Hope – Documentaries’ event;

(4) on Thursday 5 July 2018 at Faculty of Administration and Social Sciences, Fukushima University, Japan; and

(5) on Friday 13 July 2018 at National Oshima College of Maritime Technology, Yamaguchi, Japan.