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Monday, October 24, 2016
Film festival to mark Mother Teresa's beatification
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¬†Mother Teresa will make history with an international festival of films dedicated in her honour in Kolkata, on the occasion of her beatification in Rome, on October 19. No saint or blessed in the Catholic Church's history has had an international festival of films dedicated to him/her, said president of Signis India-Catholic Association for Radio, TV and Cinema, Salesian Fr CM Paul. "Mother Teresa, the 'Saint of the Gutters', who captivated the world in her blue-bordered white sari and her dogged zeal, deserves this feature and documentary film festival," said Fr Paul, the archdiocesan festival coordinator. "Kolkata City, which boasts of the largest film society in India, will be the proud host of this unique festival," he added. The festival, tentatively slated for November 1, will be Kolkata's homage to the newly beatified. It anticipates a two-day celebration scheduled for November 8-9. Some of the films expected to be screened are biographies of Mother Teresa's life like the very first film made on her: Something Beautiful For God by the BBC (1969) by the cynic-turned convert Malcolm Muggeridge. Also to be shown is two-time Emmy Award winner Anne Petrie's Mother Teresa-Her Legacy, Japanese director Shigeki Chiba's Mother Teresa And Her World, Anna & Folco Terzani's Mother Teresa's First Love (1997), an Eternal Word TV networks' Total Surrender ≠ Documentary (1998), and Dominique Lapierre's feature film In The Name of God's Poor. "Though I have copies of the films, I'm trying to get original printsI will invite the directors for the festival," Fr Paul said. One film which could create controversy if included is the 1994 British ITV Channel 4 documentary, Hell's Angel: Mother Teresa of Calcutta. It is based on Christopher Hitchens' controversial book The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice. "The idea behind including this film is to show people the various aspects of Mother Teresa and be objective in our festival presentation. Mother has served humanity like nobody has and her virtues outweigh her alleged weaknesses by far," says Fr Paul, who has seen the film. The British film created worldwide controversy as it showed Mother's several fallibilities, including her mingling with the Haitian dictators, the Duvaliler family, and not questioning funds from Charles Keating of Lincoln Savings and Loans, who has the reputation of being a swindler. The hunt is on for other titles related to Mother Teresa's philosophy of life, which could be included in the festival. Source: Catholic Bishops Conference of India
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