World premier of new Mary Mazzarello film in Rome, 4 May

The official poster of the film

KOLKATA, (C.M. Paul) – The world premiere of the new feature film on Mary Mazzarello, the co-founderess of the Salesian Sisters (FMA) is scheduled to be held in Rome, tomorrow 4th May. It will be held at the Parco della Musica Auditorium’s Petrassi Hall in the presence of General Council of the FMA and Rector Major of the Salesians along with members of his council.

“It is pretty hard to capture on celluloid Maria Mazzarello, a life of rich, interpersonal relationships, and of the daily joy that flowed from the little gestures of a simple life,” says Salesian Sr. Caterina Cangià, responsible for the film project. She is also the producer as well as the script writer of the film.

“Love for Jesus and for one’s dear ones, relationships with others, and the passion for learning are three elements that characterize the film,” tells Sr Cangià who is also professor at Salesian Pontifical University and Auxilium Faculty in Rome.

Prof. Caterina Cangia FMA

The film entitled “Main, The House of Happiness”, has a reputed director Simone Spada, and award winning camera man Alessandro Pesci, the winner of Silver Ribbon Award 2011.

The film is a brisk narration of the entire life of Main (Maria Domenica Mazzarello: 1837-1881), from her childhood to the time of her life as an FMA sister.

The screenplay is based on testimonies of her childhood friends Petronilla, Emilia Mosca, Enrichetta Sorbone, and Caterina Daghero, who succeeded Maria Domenica after her death.

Maìn, La casa della felicità” is the second film about Maria Domenica Mazzarello, The first film, “Tralci di una terra forte” (Shoots from a fertile soil) was made in 1969 by Rolfilm and directed by Giuseppe Rolando under the supervision of Sister Maria Pia Giudici.

Paolo Civati as Don Bosco

The film will also be shown on May 13 at Mornese (the cradle of FMA), and at Nizza. The screening at Turin will be on May 14 at the Sala Cinematografica del Museo del Cinema. It will have several commercial screenings at various cinema halls through outItaly, especially in the Church run cinema halls.

The DVD version of the film in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Polish, and Vietnamese as well as with subtitles in other languages is scheduled to reach the FMA provinces worldwide by 5 August 2012.

The FMA celebrating 140th anniversary of its foundation (1872) this year is present in 94 countries, in the five continents, with a total of 1,436 communities. In 2011, the Salesian Sisters of Don Bosco had 14,091 members, making it the largest institute of women religious–followed by the Carmelites (9,413), Claretian Sisters (7,171), the India-based Franciscan Clarist Congregation (7,076), and the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (6,698).

There are some 1,100 Salesian Sisters in India spread out in six provinces running 82 schools.

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