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Assistido por mais de 50.000 pessoas em 200 salas lotadas em seis meses, o filme O Triunfo está ultrapassando todas as expectativas. Filmado sem nenhum orçamento e editado em um velho computador, o filme está agora mudando vidas em exibições organizadas por pessoas leigas.
O filme O Triunfo teve a sua estréia em 18 de março de 2013.
A seis meses nas telas, a audiência total tem um total estimado de 50.000 pessoas com 200 apresentações em 50 cidades americanas e em seis paises fora dos Estados Unidos. Poucos estados estão faltando para que o filme tenha sido exibido em todos os estados dos Estados Unidos.
Ao longo do caminho , mais de US $ 75.000 foram levantados para instituições de caridade de Medjugorje e outras instituições beneficentes baseadas na fé .
Estes resultados foram alcançados pelo filme O Triunf0 que foi produzido sem orçamento e editado em um canto do pequeno apartamento do diretor Sean Bloomfield que faleceu pouco depois do filme ter sido terminado. As exibições tem sido organizadas por particulares.
“The film is spreading across the world at an increasing velocity simply by word-of-mouth; members of the audience who see it in one theater often go on to host their own screenings because they were so inspired by it, and they realize that it has the potential to change lives. Now this little film is being shown in large cinemas around the world. Without a large marketing budget like most Hollywood films, we have relied on everyday people to bring the movie to theaters near them” Sean Bloomfield tells Medjugorje Today.
Hosted by lay people, almost every screening has sold out
“Almost every screening has sold out completely, with many hosts having to secure additional theaters because the demand is so huge. We are finding that showing the film in theaters like this offers a neutral ground so that the people who need to see it most—those without faith who would never see it in a church or buy it to watch at home—can feel comfortable going to see it” says the director.
“The testimonies and stories of conversions from audience members have been overwhelming. I cannot even count the number of people who have told me they want to go to Medjugorje for the first time after seeing the film. Nothing makes me happier than hearing that.”
Since a Medjugorje visit in 2000 sparked his conversion, Sean Bloomfield has produced eight films about Marian apparitions.
“The Triumph is by far the most important film I have ever worked on, and all the credit goes to God because it seemed like everything unfolded according to a plan. Through the course of filming, the movie became the title, in an unexpected way” Sean Bloomfield tells.
“The original goal was to make a film about Our Lady’s triumph, something she has promised to accomplish through Medjugorje. In peoples’ imaginations, the promised triumph of Mary’s Immaculate Heart sounds like some cataclysmic battle, something huge and breathtaking. With that in mind, the visionary Mirjana became a focus of the film, since she will be the one to reveal the Medjugorje secrets to the world with Fr. Petar Ljubicic, who also appears in The Triumph” he says.
Though visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo has a central position in the movie, she shares it with an ordinary man found among the Medjugorje pilgrims.
Visionary Mirjana Dragicevic-Soldo during the filming
“Another goal was to try to capture a person’s conversion on film, and a young man named Ben came into our lives. He was suffering from addictions and was not much of a believer in the apparitions. Just like my own story, his mom brought him to Medjugorje” Sean Bloomfield tells about the man he met while he was entertaining Bloomfield’s kids outside St. James Church in Medjugorje.
From the filming of The Triumph
“Ben agreed to be filmed, and what we captured is incredibly powerful. In a way, it is no different than what has happened to millions of pilgrims who have come to Medjugorje and experienced conversion, but the beauty of Ben’s journey is that it was all caught on film.”
“Ultimately, it made us realize that “the triumph” is not some singular cataclysmic battle; on the contrary, Our Lady is triumphing within each one of us, and she’s doing it one soul at a time. Given Mary’s deep humility, this makes total sense” says Sean Bloomfield.
A group of nuns arriving for a screening
With 22 more US screenings scheduled before the end of October, by a time when The Triumph will be shown eight times in Canada, Australia, and Ireland, and with more underway in Guatemala, Philippines, Guam, and Mexico, you may host a screening, too.
All necessary informations on how to bring the movie to a theatre near you can be found at the official movie website.