Twelve is unscripted and honest.
In these films, twelve people have shared about their lives, their relationship to faith and the church, and a specific question that has endured throughout that experience. It's vulnerable and real. And that's what makes it so compelling.
Twelve is entirely film-based, and focuses on questions, not answers. Those are the two significant features about it. Much of what the church produces is - for better or worse - driven by text. Books, articles, sermons, notes. For many of us, these are valuable tools for going deeper in understanding who we are, and who God is. But for others, books are no longer a compelling means for reflection. We're more likely to watch a film than we are to read a book. And that's not a bad thing - it's simply where we are. Twelve reflects this.
Questions, Not Answers
Twelve also focuses on questions, rather than answers. Twelve doesn't try to deny that there are areas of life where we might want to take on a particular outlook. But it recognises that questions often don't have answers. This doesn't stop us thinking about them: with many questions we find that we are transformed as people simply by asking them and pondering them. Asking questions again and again that don't have easy answers may feel like going in circles. But in reality, with many questions, we are becoming deeper people the more we ask them. So we are perhaps travelling in a spiral, not a circle, after all.
It is a bold thing to acknowledge our unanswered questions from within the Christian faith. But it is also a transformative thing. These twelve characters show exactly how their questions come out of their experiences as Christians, and we can see how their questions have shaped their lives.