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11 / 03 / 2008 - Ultrasound brings ´Bella´ to Irish students
Bella is an independent movie starring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui and Tammy Blanchard, which is now on limited release in the US. Having won the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, one would imagine that Hollywood distribution companies would be very eager to get involved with the movie, but such is not the case. Bella's central theme puts a premium on the value of human life - including life in the womb - and that appears to be a value Hollywood won't tolerate. Because of this, the promotion and distribution of this award-winning movie (which is being hailed as "the most inspirational movie since the Passion of the Christ”) is being left mostly to volunteers and independent companies who want Bella's life-affirming message to reach as many as possible.
In the film, Eduardo Verástegui stars as José, a once-famous professional soccer player who finds himself working as a cook in his brother’s New York City restaurant following a tragic accident that leaves him broke and utterly discontent. But José soon learns that God can turn all things to the good. Nina, a single waitress played by Tammy Blanchard, is also down on her luck. She confides in José that she is pregnant. As she is confronted with the choice between life and death for her baby, José is able to use his own turbulent life experiences to offer Nina the wise counsel she so desperately needs.
Pro-life groups around the world have welcomed this movie with great enthusiasm, and many see it as a life-saving tool that can be used in pro-life campaigning. Exceptional grace has also been one of the film’s many positive by-products. Bella is already moving hearts, changing minds and even saving lives. Co-writer and co-producer Leo Severino has said that he’s aware of at least two instances where babies are alive today because of Bella’s message of truth and life. In fact, by God’s grace, the world has now been blessed with a real life Bella, a little girl named for the film, whose life was spared only hours before she was scheduled to die at the hands of an abortionist.
Youth Defence are always eager to try new ways and new mediums of spreading the pro-life message. Naturally then, we have already been in contact with Bella's producers and distributors in the US with the hope to give Irish youth the opportunity to see this life-changing film. Since Bella will not be screened in Irish cinemas, we are currently working on showing this movie in third-level universities. From our experiences of working with students on pro-life issues, we feel this project would be very well received on college campuses. We are also confident that this movie will bring its young audience towards the pro-life position. Our experience in promoting the Passion of the Christ has taught us that young people are very receptive to positive messages in films which are as well-made and powerful as both the Passion and Bella.
We have Bella ready for screening in Irish universities in early April and already have plans in place for promotion. The message of Bella is a refreshing change from some of the usual unsavoury films that come out of Hollywood. It reminds us all that the selfless sacrifice of one can mean the precious gift of life for another. For more information on YD's Bella Project, please contact the Life House.
Source : Truth TV