Saturday, June 12, 2010

Time for a commercial break

While I'm here giving retreat conferences, Sr Helena is bringing things forward on the documentary about our Founder, whose spirituality you have seen echoed in my little talk summaries. The movie is being entrusted to Spirit Juice studios, and in particular to ... Rob, who can speak for himself:


Margie said...

Thanks for sharing. The short introductory film is wonderful. Although I wonder if the film should be done in Italian--with subtitles in English, and later maybe in other languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, to name a few. The panorama changes. The natural pronunciations of names and places, as well as the thoughts of the Primo Maestro would be revealed for the glory of God.

Mother Thecla's film had that respectful, sacred & classical quality treatment. We could be dealing with more of these elements & aspects in this new film project. So, if it's not too late in producing this documentary, it be worthwhile to pause, & do a re-think. Could you additionally pursue or explore a joint venture with an Italian film maker to bring out the local color of "The Agricola" for a start.
I very much look forward to seeing the full length film. It looks very inspirational from what I've already seen. Wishing you all the best. Blessed James Alberione, pray for us.

In Christ's peace.

Sr Anne said...

Good idea, Margie. Actually, a number of films have been produced in Italy and translated into the various languages. With this documentary, we really wanted something that would come at Alberione's story from a completely different cultural lens. This is actually within his spirit: he emphasized that wherever we were, we needed to speak in the terms of that culture. That is why as soon as he could, he established the Pauline Family in Rome: so that it would not be an "Italian" community, but universal. (He said, "From Alba, you aim at Italy; from Rome, you are to have a universal vision.") As it is, the new social media are creating a new multi-cultural culture of their own, and hopefully the Alberione film will be one of the first major products of that culture.