Monday, July 9, 2012

Father Bala Shoury Udumala: Divine Mercy film ‘The Last Appeal’


An Indian priest has bagged awards at two international film festivals in the US for his short film, The Last Appeal, based on the story of Poland’s Sister Faustina Kowalska.

Father Bala Shoury Udumala took the “Official Finalist Award” at the Las Vegas International Film Festival 2009 this month, while the Mexico International Film Festival honoured him with “The Silver Palm Award” for the film in the student category, said the Catholic Bishops Conference of India in a report. About 2000 films from over 50 countries were represented at each of the film festivals, the report said. Father Udumala’s 35-minute film portrays the story of the peasant girl Helen Kowalska, who later becomes a nun in a convent in Poland. As Sr Faustina, she brought the message of the Divine Mercy to the Catholic faithful. Father Udumala, who graduated with a Masters degree from Loyola Mary Mount University in Los Angeles in Film and Television Production in 2008, wrote, directed and produced the film, which was aired on EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network), the largest Catholic channel, two weeks ago.

The film brings the struggles of Helen in delivering the message through the humble life of a nun in a convent in Poland at the beginning of the 20th century. It also depicts the revelations and visions she received from God. Besides English and Spanish, the film has been dubbed into several Indian languages.

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