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By Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Directed by Ann and Jeanette Petrie
Tapeworm Video 1986 DVD/VHS Special Interest Film
Filmmakers Ann and Jeanette Petrie spent four years filming this very informative and moving documentary about Mother Teresa, who founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1950 and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979. Sir Richard Attenborough narrates the film.
In an age when religious orders everywhere are dwindling, the Missionaries of Charity, with headquarters in Calcutta, India, are expanding their operations all over the world. Mother Teresa, their energetic leader, views herself as an instrument of God's love and mercy. On the screen, we see her caring for abandoned children, mentally ill and handicapped individuals, lepers, the indigent, the aged, and the dying. With gentleness and good cheer, she and her co-workers demonstrate how the spirit of Jesus burns brightly against the staggering dimensions of pain, poverty, and human misery in the world.
There are some scenes in this documentary that will shake and stun you and others will bring tears to your eyes. Although Mother Teresa was a media celebrity in the 1980s, she continued to live austerely and to keep her priorities straight. Many Catholics proclaimed her a living saint; after experiencing this film, you will probably concur with that judgment.
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