“Vincentians Dare To Enter the World of Cinema!”

Organizers of the International Film Festival honoring the 400th Anniversary of the charism of St. Vincent de Paul speak at a press conference at Castel Gandolfo, Italy Oct 16, 2018. (Credit: Claire Giangrave/Crux.)

“We wish to dare to enter the world of cinema, the world of communication, to evangelize and globalize charity”.

These were the words of Superior General Father Tomaž Mavrič at a press conference in Rome. “Young people are there,” he said, “cinema and social networks are there, and they listen to the various actors, directors, producers and people who have influence because they are enveloped into the world of cinema.”

His words were put in context by Clarence Gilyard, a U.S. actor best known for his roles in “Top Gun,” “Die Hard” and “Walker Texas Ranger,” during a press conference inaugurating the event Oct. 16. He said “Cinema, mobile devices, what [young people] choose to see and how they binge on television shows has so much importance compared to our generation,” said

It’s impossible to underestimate the influence that films and TV shows have on young people and children today, with streaming devices bringing entertainment directly to your home and through cellphones right to your pocket. Organizers of the film festival know this all too well, with the story of the creation of the event being profoundly entrenched in young people from world youth day to this month’s summit of bishops.

No wonder Fr. Mavric said…“Our dream is to globalize charity using the instruments of cinema,” Mavrič said, “It’s an invitation to dream together because when we dream together the dream becomes reality.”

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