Conclusion of film festival on drama of poverty
Now that the "Finding Vince 400" poverty film festival is over, one of its organizers is reflecting on how it went. Just a few words are enough.
Clarence Gilyard was also very pleased with the presence of bishops at the event. One was the Archbishop of Riga, who presides over the culture commission of the European Council of Bishops' Conferences.
“This is important that they are interacting in the same venue, experiencing what the power of the film is with the bishops because the bishop need to know that these movies effect you so deeply that we need to figure out how to talk to them and use them in homilies, in catechisms.”
MSGR. ZBIGŅEVS STANKEVIČS
Archbishop of Riga (Lithuania)
“It's a powerful instrument to transmit values and to elevate the sense of center, the sense of beauty, and of truths.”
There were a lot of films at the festival, but also space for other artistic experiences. In fact, these young people from the Philippines participated with several canvases dealing with poverty.
“My painting in entitled the 'Caritas et Misericorda'. It means charity and compassion. It means showing the youth [how they] should behave, it encourages how all of us to be like children, to be optomistic in terms of everything.”
Over the course of four days, 90 films were screened. They were produced in a variety of countries such as the USA, France and India, as well as Iraq, Nepal and Pakistan.
The organizers are happy with the participation, very pleased that the festival has been enjoyed, and hopeful that it will help many viewers take action against poverty.