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Meet Joan of Lestonnac, a revolutionary and unknown French saint

2015-01-10

Back in the XVII century, St. Joan of Lestonnac fought for a woman's right to have access to an education in France. She did a lot more than that.

She founded the Company of Mary Our Lady.  The first Catholic Order to promote education specifically for females. This documentary tells her story. 

PABLO HERNÁN ZUBIZARRETA
Director, "Juana de Lestonnac, O morir o actuar”
"It's a documentary that sheds light on her life and her legacy. She didn't want this to be seen as something of the past, but rather she wanted the message to stay alive and it still is. It's still a very relevant issue in at least 26 countries.” 

Joan of Lestonnac was married and had seven children. When her husband died, she decided to dedicate her life to God and the poor. She volunteered quite a bit, but her passion was helping women. 

PABLO HERNÁN ZUBIZARRETA
Director, "Juana de Lestonnac, O morir o actuar”
"St. Joan of Lestonnac wanted French women living in the XVII century to have an humanistic education. It think this idea is needed nowadays  as well. To get this message across on a massive scale, we need to make it visual.” 

The documentary which translates to "Joan of Lestonnac: Do or Die, was released in Rome. The 85 minute peace also sheds light on how and why she founded the Company of Mary Our Lady. 


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