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An exalted soul!
on March 21, 2011
It was with great eagerness that I awaited the release of this movie. The movie in itself was very good. However, I felt that the story of Saint Bakhita was dramatic in itself and did not need further dramatization, which, this movie does. As mentioned by the previous reviewer, there is a departure from the facts that surrounded Saint Bakhita's life (otherwise knows as artistic license!)The factual accounts are dexterously intertwined with the fiction that differentiating the two, is rather problematic. This could be a blessing in disguise, for there arises a need to gain more knowledge on this remarkable lady which should lead the viewer to study her life in depth.
The actress who plays the role of Bakhita does a remarkable job in portraying her. St. Bakhita was known for her charity and kindness to one and all and this is wonderfully portrayed by Fatou Kine Boye. She emits a serenity and peace, so much so, it seems that Bakhita is right in front of you! The African scenes are realistic and beautiful. But the most important aspect of this movie is the unveiling of the ills that have afflicted human kind from the beginning: racism, loneliness, selfishness, hypocrisy, pride, cruelty. And for these ills Bakhita's spirituality and character is the balm, for she repays these with love, meekness, selflessness, humility, charity,understanding i.e. the practice of heroic virtue. This film also carries a pro-life message. Look for it! It is both direct and subtle.
There is are very disturbing aspects of racism in this movie, which does make one wince. However, the booklet from Ignatius press which is enclosed states "..Some scenes in the film exaggerate the mistreatment of Bakhita by the Italians.This, perhaps, is a visual meditation on the evils of racism, using Bakhita's life as a vehicle rather than a destination".
The afore mentioned booklet contains the following:
2)Prayer to obtain graces from St.Bakhita
3)Biography of St. Josephine Bakhita
4)Chronology of the life of the saint
5)Sayings of St. Bakhita
6)The Canossian sisters
7)Two popes on St. Bakhita and
There are also several beautiful pictures of scenes from the film.
This movie is in Italian with English and Spanish subtitles and runs for 190 minutes.
In addition I also recommend watching the docu-drama 'Two suitcases' for further study.
To summarize, I use the words of the Holy Father Benedict XVI ....'A VERY BEAUTIFUL FILM.....'