KOLKATA (C.M. Paul) – Multicity project in preparation for DB bicentenary 2012-2015.
At the start of the triduum prep for Don Bosco’s birth bi-centenary it is my humble suggestion to reach the masses with the message of Don Bosco.
The idea is to organize a “Don Bosco International Film Festival” in Rome and then to have it travel to every city of the world where the Salesians work.
As far as I know no saint in the Catholic church has had an international film festival dedicated to his or her name, other than Blessed Teresa of Calcutta.
MTIFF 2003 (Mother Teresa International Film Festival) was an idea I had mooted for her beatification in Calcutta as a massive effort to spread MT’s message to the masses…
It was held in two of the biggest cinema halls of Calcutta for four days with 10 films on Mother Teresa…. absolutely FREE.
In 2007 (marking 10th year of MT’s death) we had the second MTIFF with more films.
In 2010 (marking MT’s birth centenary) we had third MTIFF sponsored by the West Bengal State Film Centre in Calcutta- for four days in all their four theatre halls. The Marxist govt sponsored the festival…. absolutely FREE…
We had 19 films on MT. Incidentally, I was director of first two MTIFFs and was closely associated with the third MTIFF, particularly in procuring the films from nine countries.
MTIFF 2010 went to 19 countries in Asia and some 50 cities in India, under the aegis of SIGNIS-Bengal.
I propose to have Don Bosco International Film Festival (DBIFF) to launch the bi-centenary prep in August 2012 in Rome or elsewhere… and then have it travel all over the world… giving opportunity to SDBs to promote DB’s ideals to the masses…
We can call for feature and documentary films on Don Bosco of international quality…
Starting with rare films from the Vatican CTV film archives on DB’s canonization we could easily put together at least one historical documentary and FIVE feature films on DB… (1936 film – Italy, 1988 film – Italy, 1992 film Johnny – India, 1996 film Bosco – India, 2004 film – Italy). There may be more DB films from other countries too…
I am sure SDB Social Communications, Youth Ministry and Mission Department could make it as a major venture with better ideas… with support also from respective national offices.