» 06/04/2012, 00.00
First 3-D movie about Jesus 'Made in India'
'Thirty Pieces of Silver' is the title of the movie, which will cost 35 million rupees (US$ 625,000). Director, producers and part of the cast are Indian. Technicians are foreigners. The movie will be released in 5,000 movie theatres on Easter Sunday 2013.
(AsiaNews/Agencies) - Titled 'Thirty Pieces of Silver', the first 3-D movie about
Jesus Christ will be made almost entirely in India. It is expected to be
released simultaneously next Easter in 5,000 movie theatres around the world. Production
is expected to start at the end of July in nine languages, including Malayalam
and English, at a cost of 35,000,000 rupees (US$ 625,000).
took us almost a decade to finish the script based on the New Testament," said producer
Johny Sagarika. "Director Kurien Varanasala personally held many rounds of discussions
with experts on Bible".
will start in Ramoji Rao Film City in Hyderabad, but many scenes are planned in
Jerusalem. The team will travel to Hampi in Karnataka for the crucifixion
300-strong cast will include 50 people from Kerala. A new actor, Jeremy Jairus,
will play the main character. All the 12 disciples will be new faces as well. All
the technicians will be brought from abroad.
pieces of silver' (Muppathu Vellikkasu) will be presented at the Pastoral
Orientation Centre in Kochi on 5 June in the presence of 35 bishops and with
the full blessing of the church.
First Bollywood-style movie about Jesus presented
Titled Christaayan, it is the first movie about Christ situated in India and shot in Hindi. Directed by a Divine Verb priest, it involved more than 200 non-professional actors, 80 per cent non Christian. The six-hour epic will be broadcast as series on television.
First Benedict XVI biography in local language released in Kerala
The book is an easy yet profound read intended as a tribute to the "Pope's first year on the throne of Peter". "Everyone in India, irrespective of caste, creed and religion wants to know about the new Pope".
Catholic artist paints 143 metre-long 'Indian Bible'
The oil on canvas depicts 101scenes from the Old and the New Testament. The tablets of the law are in Hindi, Mary wears a sari, and Eve has long black curls. The author, Edwin Parmar, got the idea of using Indian culture to raise awareness about Christianity among Hindus and Muslims. Fr Paul Kattukaran, coordinator for the Artists' Artists' Forum of the Social Communication Bureau of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India, helped him.
After a year of legal battles, Catholic churchmen and women become lawyers
Six priests and two nuns are admitted to the Bar Council of Kerala after it denied them membership a year ago.
Movie makers increasingly inspired by Biblical themes
Fr Anthony Charangat, director of Catholic Media Communication for the Archdiocese of Mumbai, reviews a new movie on the anti-Christ for AsiaNews.
Card. Tong’s article on China-Holy See dialogue, arouses joy and dismay
The Hong Kong bishop’s optimism over a change in the method of appointing bishops and the function of the Patriotic Association. But it is unclear whether it is real change or just nominal, in words. Underground bishops are patriotic and love their country, but the Party is suspicious of them. Freedom in episcopal appointments is “essential", but the bishops are not free to exercise their ministry. Patriotic bishops controlled in their visits with members of the universal Church. The "bugs" (hidden microphones) in a bishop’s office.
Card. Tong: The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from an ecclesiological point of view
Card. John Tong
The Hong Kong Cardinal outlines the steps that hope to propel dialogue between China and the Holy See. Themes include the Pope's role in the appointment of bishops; A change of vision in the Patriotic Association; the possible integration of the underground bishops in the Episcopal Conference. A new article by card. John Tong, following a previous article published a few months ago on "Communion of the Church in China with the universal Church."
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