|Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero
A film by Ana Carrigan & Juliet Weber
96 minutes, documentary, color, Spanish w/ English subtitles, 2010
In El Salvador in the late Seventies, one man was the voice of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the Disappeared - all struggling under the corrupt Salvadoran government. Appointed Archbishop in early 1977, Monseñor Óscar Romero worked tirelessly and in constant personal peril until the day he was assassinated in March 1980.
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, Romero's speaking 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, Monseñor: The Last Journey of Óscar Romero is a timely portrait of one individual's quest to speak truth to the rich and powerful forces which dominated his government.
"An astonishing compilation." - Alma Guillermoprieto, The New York Review of Books
"It's hard enough to make any film with faith. Making a film about faith is an almost impossible challenge. But Ana Carrigan and Juliet Weber have achieved the impossible with their wonderful film about Oscar Romero. Here is a film about spiritual trial and political resolution that doesn't preach or insist, that stays way clear of indignation and heat in favor of balance, truth and a finely shaded portrait of a man of great courage. Like Bishop Romero himself, the film seems modest until it opens its heart and subtly raises its voice, when it achieves a deep, lasting impact that itself is an act of conscience, and faith."
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Oscar Romero and the Communion of the Saints: A Biography by Scott Wright
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