PATNA, (Shanti Ghimire) – It’s by far the most unique of film festivals to be celebrated in the capital of Bihar – eight different venues screening films on the life and times of Nobel laureate and ‘Saint of the Gutters’ Blessed Mother Teresa. These venues range from Government Colleges to private schools.
There’s more to MTIFF 2011 – the Mother Teresa International Film Festival – in Patna. It’s the basis of a city-wide effort to capture the significance and spirituality, as well as the legacy of Mother Teresa, who had picked up her nursing skills at theHolyFamilyHospitalin 1948.
Archbishop William DeSouza of Patna will officiate at a special Mass on September 4, a part of the festival at the Queen of Apostles Cathedral in Kurji. The special Mass, being organized by the Kurji Parish Youth and AICUF members, feature a special 5 minute film on Mother Teresa andPatnamade by Ravi Bharati, the Regional Catholic audio-visual centre, according to Namrata Fleming MTIFF 2011 steering committee member.
The members of the Anglo-Indian Association have planned a special evening Mass in honour of Blessed Mother Teresa at the Sacred Heart Church on the evening of September 3, followed by the screening of the documentary “Making of a Saint” at the Ursuline Convent next door.
Special programmes have been organized for children with disabilities, those living with HIV, and those being looked after in the Missionaries of Charity home in the city. “A day of joy” consisting of a visit to the festival, to the zoo and a lunch at Don Bosco Academy, a private [non-missionary] institution will take place on September 4, for all the inmates of the home.
The 4 day festival is an initiative by AASRA Charitable Trust and SIGNIS Bengal and is expected to reach out to some 10,000 people, most within the age group of 12 to 26. Twelve films on Mother Teresa will be screened at the festival. There is no entry charge. The cost of the festival is being met through sponsorships and donations.