May 8, 2011. (Romereports.com)
A number of documentaries have been made on the life of John Paul II. But the biggest production to ever be made on the pope comes from his home country of Poland with “John Paul II, I kept looking for you.” The film follows the travels of John Paul II, going through 13 countries and speaking to people who's lives were touched by the blessed pope.
The film-makers also received access to exclusive archival footage from the Vatican and a number of private sources that followed the pope.Michal Jedynak
Producer, “John Paul II, I kept looking for you”“I was in charge of the recovery and reproduction, in particular from the Vatican. We went inside the Sistine Chapel twice, the apostolic palace of the pope, Vatican archives, and several times in the Vatican basilica. I also did archival research for images in the film, it took about a year because there are 14,000 tapes in archives of Vatican television.”
Producers of the film said that over 300,000 people had seen the film in Poland during it's first month of release.
Even pope Benedict XVI had a private screening of the film at his residence in the Vatican.
Producer, “John Paul II, I kept looking for you”“Above all, the pope said he was very happy because another 150 documentaries have been made, all diverse, documentaries and fiction about this pope. And this is an excellent piece of work because it explains a lot about the work done by him.”
The film also has exclusive interviews with religious and world leaders such as the Dalai Lama and Lech Wałęsa of Poland. All of whom claimed that the Blessed John Paul II was instrumental in spreading peace and improving relations between different religions.
The project of making this film turned into the biggest production dedicated to John Paul II, the record breaking pope.