Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Vatican to release documentary with previously unseen footage from Vatican II





September 18, 2012. (Romereports.com) This October marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. But few people truly understand the impact this council had on the Catholic Church. So to get the message out, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications will launch an HD documentary on October 11th.

It will include never before seen images, interviews and expert analysis. The producers are now offering the documentary to American and European television stations.

ARCH. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“We have 200 hours of footage from the preparatory activities and working sessions of the Council. Our intention is to make this rich repertoire of the Second Vatican Council available to all audiences.”

A team of fifty people helped produce the documentary which was made specifically for a TV format. People who were personally involved in the council are interviewed, including 14 cardinals who explain every document that came from the Council.

What doesn't make it to the documentary, will be  part of a DVD collection with up to 12 hours of extra footage and unpublished testimonies.

ARCH. CLAUDIO MARIA CELLI
President, Pontifical Council for Social Communications
“In the film we hear the testimony of Cardinal Wojtyla, the then archbishop of Krakow. A speech he made in Latin during the Council. One of the first interviews was with Monsignor Capovilla, the private secretary of Pope John XXIII. He speaks about the feelings and ideas, which he saw during the time he worked with John XXIII. What the Pope had in his heart when he called the Second Vatican Council.”

The film brings together different audio and video clips from the Vatican's Secret Library, showing the Sistine Chapel and St. Peter's Basilica. The release will also coincide with the beginning of the Year of Faith.

1 comment:

CM said...

Why did they use a white actor? Wasn't St. Augustine black? I am saying this because God calls people from all ethnicities to holiness. It would be good to show that message in film as well. I think that the only movie I have seen with a non-European looking saint was the St. Martin de Porres movie and it was in Spanish..