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Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero

Archbishop Oscar Romero , Father Rutilio Grande , Ana Carrigan , Juliet Weber  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Archbishop Oscar Romero, Father Rutilio Grande, Eliud Porras, Ricardo Urioste, Manuel Quijano
  • Directors: Ana Carrigan, Juliet Weber
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: First Run Features
  • DVD Release Date: March 20, 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006K49O0M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,754 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the campesinos, the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared -- all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monsenor Oscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.

Inspired by his friend Monsenor Rutilio Grande, himself murdered for speaking out against the social injustice around him, Romero broke off ties with the military and aligned himself with the poor, delivering messages of hope in weekly sermons which became national events. Encouraging direct action against oppression from his unique position in the Catholic Church, Romero preached a gospel of Heaven on Earth and a powerful version of Liberation Theology that directly impacted political events in El Salvador that still have meaning to this day.

With rare recordings and film footage from Romero's own collection and a wide range of interviews from those whose lives were changed by Archbishop Romero, including church activists, human rights lawyers, former guerrilla fighters and politicians, Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero is a timely portrait of one individual's quest to speak truth to the rich and powerful forces which dominated his government.

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
There are some people who leave a legacy to humanity through their valor, bravery and sheer commitment to good that we should take pains never to forget. In my opinion, Oscar Romero was just such an individual. As such, I was absolutely thrilled to see that the new documentary "Monsenor" was primed to honor his memory while depicting his tumultuous last days. While I knew the journey would not be pleasant, his faith and that of his supporters during unconscionable times is something that deserves to be highlighted for a new generation. Ana Carrigan and Juliet Weber have put together an effective film that succeeds primarily through archival footage and contemporary interviews with El Salvadorans who were impacted by the country's bloody struggles prior to Romero's death in 1980. In many ways, it stands as a vital historical document for this reason alone. However, due to its specific focus, the material is best suited for those with a working knowledge of El Salvadoran history and a pre-existing knowledge of Oscar Romero.

"Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero" doesn't spend much time putting together a big historical picture of the country's volatile political climate. Romero's back story and past achievements, as well, are given but slight mention. Instead the documentary really begins (more or less) with the appointment of Romero as Archbishop in 1977 and follows the changing landscape until his death a few years later. It is, in no way, a biography. It is, instead, a recounting and a remembrance of the carnage and uncertainty of the era. While Romero and other murdered priests aligned themselves with the general populace against oppressors, it is really the stories of the average citizens that shine through in this piece.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An astonishing compilation of footage March 17, 2012
"The film is intended to commemorate the thirtieth anniversary of Oscar Romero's death: a documentary, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero, directed by Ana Carrigan and Juliet Weber.

The film is, unintentionally perhaps, or at least effortlessly, a hagiography, a record of a saintly life. It is an astonishing compilation of footage from the last three years of Romero's life, not only of the archbishop himself but of army patrols and mothers of the disappeared and guerrillas on the move--and above all of those unforgettable Masses in which the small, unprepossessing archbishop read out loud the record of the government's atrocities while hundreds of ragged, persecuted campesinos listened in gratitude, their existence and suffering recognized at last."

-Alma Guillermoprieto (The New York Review of Books).
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Life to Live By April 17, 2012
Oscar Romero is a man whose life makes him a saint even if the Catholic Church won't make it official. Here is a man of valor who was not afraid to change his mind and even his way of life to proclaim TRUTH. The many words he used in his homilies and declarations paled in comparison to the life he lived proving his commitment to those words and to the teachings of Jesus Christ. To christian and non-Christian alike he stands out as a man of integrity on the correct side of the issues of life. He gave his life on behalf of the theory that the Church has a preferential option for the poor. He gave his life because he had a preferential option for the poor and the marginalized and the oppressed, especially those who were unjustly oppressed. "Monseñor" captures the true Romero! It is a "must see" for everyone who proclaims and believes in true peace obtained by true justice.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Documentary - Real Footage September 8, 2012
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The only drawback of this video is that it has English subtitles. Most of the audio portion is in Spanish.

Excellent footage showing Oscar Romero prior to his death - interviews with people who knew him and worked with him.

The film is very moving - I was brought to tears a couple of times as people spoke of how he fought for them and helped them.

Not a happy film, but truly an INSPIRATIONAL one. Well-suited for audiences who read English well - probably 16 years and older.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Archbishop Romero February 13, 2013
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The DVD contains footage never before seen of the very courageous Archbishop Romero. He is a role model for all. Highly recommended for anyone interested in learning about this saintly man.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars always monsenor!!!! January 11, 2013
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very informative for those who dont know the monsenor romero life!!!
how a priest became a hero among those people sofering the war
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thank God for this, and for Monseñor Romero April 23, 2012
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for a brief moment, I was home, with people I love.

And we wake up to find how very far our church has fallen

so I am in Ciudad Juarez, near the cathedral where this spirituality also must unfold, due to the dire situation.

We find our Faith in persecution, not in false triumphalism, and we find our strength in Monsenor Romero

A brilliant film, to see, and better to live.

Come celebrate this with friends, and work for all-giving peace and justice.

Please read also
Archbishop Romero: Memories and Reflections
Archbishop Romero: Model of Faith
Monsenor Romero, martir de la liberacion: Analisis teologico de su figura y obra (Documentos-- estudios) (Spanish Edition)
Voice of the Voiceless: The Four Pastoral Letters and Other Statements
The Violence of Love
Romero: A Life
Oscar Romero: Reflections on His Life and Writings (Modern Spiritual Masters Series)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This powerful documentary should be shown in every church and Christian school in the United States. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Legowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I like any film dealing with Oscar Romero. I suspect he is a saint...
Published 2 months ago by Caitlin Metcalf
3.0 out of 5 stars This is far more of a documentary than what I ...
This is far more of a documentary than what I had expected, but I can still use it in class.
Published 2 months ago by Mary Solorio Brandt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Thank you !!!!!!
Published 3 months ago by Teresa Valle
5.0 out of 5 stars Very well done, compelling
This documentary is very well done and compelling. I have watched the fictionalized "Romero", with Raul Julia, many times. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mich LeGault
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring.
One of the most spiritually profound and moving films to come along in ages, MONSENOR: THE LAST JOURNEY OF OSCAR ROMERO is a low-key but cumulatively powerful documentary. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jon Wynne
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, though sad for Archbishop Romero & his people...
Very Good, But Quite sad about the outcome. And, as the saying goes, Evil Triumphs when Good Men Do Nothing, but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jerry Rodrigues
5.0 out of 5 stars "Un angel paso por El Salvador..."
Having lived through some of the events portrayed in this film... I cannot but commend the people behind this portrayal of Monseñor Romero and the lives he touched. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Guevara, J.
5.0 out of 5 stars Another outstanding film
This documents the final years of the Archbishop of El Salvador. He was a true hero of the poor and struggling campesinos and was assassinated for his work. He was a true saint.
Published 10 months ago by Robert W. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Monsenor: The Last Journey of Oscar Romero
An excellent portrayal of the transformation of Archbishop Romero as he became aware of the plight of poor people by government forces being armed by the USA. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Madge Karecki
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