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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

A Movie Featuring St Josemaria Escriva

This year is Anihan's 25th of working in the area of women-in-development and its management and staff are happy that a movie featuring St Josemaria Escriva, the inspiration behind Anihan, will have its Philippine premiere on October 1, 2011 (Saturday) at the SM Mall of Asia.

Watch the official trailer of the movie There Be Dragons below:



If you do not see any video above, click this YouTube link:
http://youtu.be/kwgo9sldmwU

The epic background of the movie is the Spanish Civil War, the bloody conflict that rocked Spain from 1936-1939. Go to THERE BE DRAGONS: A Historical Guide for Viewers

St Josemaria, the founder of Opus Dei, is the person who gave the inspiration and the encouragement to establish educational centers for women in various countries around the world. Anihan Technical School is one of these.

St Josemaria insisted on the importance of helping women, especially those from the less privileged sector, have access to education and other development opportunities so that they can discover and develop their own unique talents and contribute to the improvement of society.

In an interview with a Spanish magazine, Telva, in 1968, St Josemaria said:

(With regard to women's distinct qualities)
Development, maturity, emancipation of women should not mean a pretence of equality, of uniformity with men, a servile imitation of a man's way of doing things. That would not get us anywhere. Women would turn out losers, not because they are better than men or worse, but because they are different...

Women are called to bring to the family, to society and to the Church, characteristics which are their own and which they alone can give: their gentle warmth and untiring generosity, their love for detail, their quick-wittedness and intuition, their simple and deep piety, their constancy... A woman's femininity is genuine only if she is aware of the beauty of this contribution for which there is no substitute and if she incorporates it into her own life.
(With regard to women's participation in public life and politics)
A woman with adequate training should find the field of public life open to her at all levels. In this sense it is impossible to point out specific tasks that correspond to women alone. As I said earlier, in this field what is specific is not the task or position in itself, but the way in which the work is done. There are values which a woman more readily perceives, and her specific contribution will often, therefore, change the whole approach to a problem, and can lead to the discovery of completely new approaches.
There be Dragons is by Roland Joffe, the director who brought us the highly acclaimed "The Mission" and "Killing Fields".

A powerful story of war, tragedy, love and redemption, There Be Dragons will have other premiere showings on:
  • October 15, SM Mall of Asia
  • October 16, SM Sta Rosa
We will continue updating the list of the movie's premiere dates in succeeding posts.

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