AS THE Beatification of the founder of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith, Pauline Jaricot nears, a short film (above) that showcases the story and faith of the Mother of Missio has been released. The film, entitled To Look From Above, has been put together by Fides, the news service of the Pontifical Mission Societies, and was launched on Friday May 13 in the John Paul II Auditorium of the Pontifical Urbaniana University. The launch was attended by: Archbishop Giampietro Dal Toso, President of the Pontifical Mission Societies; Father Tadeusz Nowak, Secretary General of the Pontifical Society for the Propagation of the Faith and Nataša Govekar, head of the theological-pastoral department of the Pontifical Dicastery for Communication. The director, writers, actors and producers were also present at the launch. The short film tells the story and faith experience of Pauline Jaricot through the eyes and life of Claire, a young modern woman and is conceived as a story within a story. The focus is on proclaiming the centrality of Christ in Pauline's life, so that viewers—especially young people—are drawn to the message she believed in, the Gospel. The reason for telling Pauline’s story in this manner is because her’s is ‘a good story’ capable of ‘transcending the boundaries of space and time. It remains relevant over the centuries because it is related to life nourishment.’ [Message of Pope Francis for the 54th World Communication Day, n.2]. Through images and music, the film aims to convey the beauty and love that Pauline Jaricot found in God, which shaped her missionary passion, so that the audience can be drawn into an authentic impulse of the Christian faith. The film—available in five languages—intends to highlight the importance of missionary outreach and education, but also to promote ‘missio ad gentes,’ a useful tool for initiatives of a ‘Church that goes forth,’ in a non-Christian environment and is available to all National Directions of the Pontifical Mission Societies for this purpose. In shooting of the short film, the team travelled to original locations in France. Young people from the ‘Chemin-neuf’ movement—whose members devote themselves, among other things, to evangelisation through art, as well as young members of the Pontifical Mission Societies in France— took part. In addition to the places in Lyon where Pauline Jaricot had her faith experience, the filming locations also included Rustrel, a community in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region known as the ‘Colorado of Provence,’ where she founded the factory of Notre Dame des Anges. The closing scenes of the short film also feature the young girl who experienced the miracle of healing through the intercession of Pauline Jaricot, Mayline Tran, a three-year-old child at the time of her healing. The Tran family participated in the final stages of the project, supported the project and spoke about their own experiences in the film's credits. The production and promotion of the short film took place in conjunction with the National Directions of the Pontifical Mission Societies in Australia, Ireland, Great Britain, Spain, French-speaking Canada, the United States and South Korea.
The English language version of the film will be available soon.
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