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Out of Ethiopia/part 3

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The crew spent about 3 weeks filming the Last Jesuit in Ethiopia. The crew: cameraman Claude, sound man Jay, director Georges, researcher Michel, production assistants Mary and Samson. Rivard Productions, a Manitoba based company, originated the project. The film was shot in 3 cities: Addis Ababa, the capital (over 3 million inhabitants), Debre Zeit, a town of 100,000 people one hour south of Addis and in Gondar, the beautiful and enchanting historical city north of the capital.

The principal ‘star’ of the film, Father Roland Turenne is 86 years old. Age was never an issue during the filming. He was up before sunrise to say mass, then to report to the set before starting time and he would spend a whole day working with the crew as we told the story of the Jesuits’ presence in Ethiopia; their work and highlighted different aspects of Roland’s life and contribution as a missionary.

The supporting ‘stars’ in the cast, people who had worked with Fr. Turenne in the past, showed up to participate in the filming and gave their testimony and shared memories and stories. All these wonderful people generously gave of their time and experience, grateful that this important story was finally being told and documented. “The world needs model of courage and perseverance more than ever’, as one participant was heard to say.

As well as contrasting the lives of the ‘Last (Canadian) Jesuit’ with the ‘First (Ethiopian) Jesuit’, Father Groum Tesfaye, the film will also profile the lives of many young people who work alongside Father Turenne. He has affected their lives in a positive way as he continues to work with them in building new homes for the homeless and poorest of the poor.

The film will be broadcast on Société Radio-Canada in the fall of 2010.

Written by Michel

March 8th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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