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It’s been a quite a journey being a special advisor to the film “Silence”. It was my meeting with Marting Scorsese that began this journey toward “Silence and Beauty” (see, and he kindly invited me to join him and a few others to preview the film before it was released. I was waiting for the film to begin, but we were all waiting for Martin Scorsese to be seated when his assistant pulled me aside and told me “Marty would like to speak to you.” We met for ten minutes privately, while everyone else waited. He told me that he had enjoyed reading my book. We spoke of our various journeys and how this film had both challenged and created a new vista for him. A few weeks later, he sent me the following endorsement for my book:

“Makoto Fujimura is a remarkable artist and writer and his engagement with the writings of the great Shusaku Endo—and Silence in particular—is deep and impassioned, as you will discover on every page of this book. By way of response to a great artist, Fujimura has created a quietly eloquent meditation on art and faith, and where they converge.”

Martin Scorsese on “Silence and Beauty”

Addendum:  Marty kindly sent a following endorsement of my new book "Art+Faith: A Theology of Making" (Yale Press) as well:

"Makoto Fujimura's art and writings have been a true inspiration to me.  In this luminous book, he addresses the question of art and faith and their reconciliation with a quiet and moving eloquence."