Banner
Advertise with us

Home Canadian Apparition Hill film is about far more than Medjugorje

Apparition Hill film is about far more than Medjugorje

E-mail Print
AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Documentary covers the story of seven pilgrims to alleged Marian site

By Deborah Gyapong
OTTAWA (CCN)
 
 
Apparition Hill, playing in Vancouver in April, is a powerful documentary about pilgrimage and spiritual transformation.
 
Apparition Hill, which originally debuted last May, tells the stories of seven people who entered a contest to go on a pilgrimage to Medjugorje, a small town in Bosnia-Herzegovina where six alleged visionaries claim to see regular apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
 
Millions have visited the town since the alleged apparitions began in 1981, but Medjugorje remains controversial. Its Catholic bishop has said he does not believe anything truly supernatural is going on. Pope Francis, too, has made veiled comments that seem skeptical.
 
Despite the controversy and polarized opinions on Medjugorje, they are tangential to the movie’s great documentary story-telling that shows the love of God and his closeness during our struggles and suffering.
 
The pilgrims include a widower who has struggled to raise his 10 children on his own; a young husband and policeman who is an atheist; a young man in a desperate struggle with drug addiction; a young mother dying of cancer and her husband; a Catholic woman who converted to Catholicism from the Mennonite faith and who still has a problem understanding devotion to Mary; and a man from the UK who is married to a Catholic, but considers himself an agnostic.
 
The film also profiles a Canadian man, Darryl Bach of Glace Bay, N.S. Bach suffers from ALS and was unable to accompany the group on the pilgrimage. Instead, Stella Mar Films, which produced the documentary, flew him to Medjugorje on a separate trip, which we see in the movie.
 
The movie incorporates videos of the pilgrims sharing their thoughts, interviews with priests at Medjugorje, and private sessions with some of the visionaries like Mirjana, who claims to have first seen Mary as a teenager in 1981.
 
In the process, the pilgrims begin to bond and pray for each other, even the non-believers getting caught up in it.
 
Whether or not Medjugorje’s Marian apparitions are authentic, the documentary shows the value of pilgrimage, of searching for God and how, in often surprising ways, he answers the deepest longings.
The film will play at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver April 1 and the Hollywood 3 Cinema in Surrey April 8. For more information, go to apparitionhill.org.
 

Dear reader,

Due to an unmanageable amount of spam and abusive messages, we are no longer able to offer the comment function on our website. We respect the principle of public debate and remain committed to it. Please send us a note at letters@rcav.org and visit us in the near future when we have finished building our new website — at which point the comment function will be restored.


Kind regards,

The B.C. Catholic

 
Banner

 

Banner

 

Multimedia

Salt and Light Webcast
  
  Courtesy of Salt & Light Television



Click image to watch Video
Medieval Gem - UBC acquires papal bull

Click image to watch Video
Paul Goo's Diaconate Ordination

Click image to watch Video
Thank You John Paul II

 

 

 
4885 Saint John Paul II Way Vancouver BC V5Z 0G3   Phone: 604 683 0281 Fax: 604 683 8117
© The B.C. Catholic

Informing Catholics in Canada since 1931