Film on Laura Vicuña
JAKARTA: 5 December 2010 — Fr Peter Tukan SDB, as head of the Social Communications Commission for the Indonesia Delegation, today launched “Laura”, an Indonesian film based on the story of Blessed Laura Vicuña. During the launching ceremony, Fr Yohanes Boedirahardjo SDB, the superior of the Indonesian Delegation, hailed this event as one of the first efforts of the Indonesia Delegation (ITM), using the film/movie, to promote the Salesian charism in this country. Meanwhile the ceremony allotted time to introduce and thank the production team, the cast of characters and the technicians involved in the making of this movie. It was noted that the actors and persons involved were from different social and religious backgrounds, and had to familiarize themselves with the Salesian style. In coordination with the Archdiocese of Jakarta, the film will be shown in the parishes and will also be shown in a local TV station on Christmas Day.
The whole Salesian family was involved, helping in one way or another…. even some Salesian confreres and Sisters were cast into the movie with minor roles or part of the crowd. The film, in compact disk format, is planned to be sold together with the Indonesian translation of the biography of Blessed Laura Vicuña… so that the original story of Blessed Laura Vicuña will be made known.
Although St John Bosco or the other holy models of the Salesian Family could have been the first to be made into a movie, Laura Vicuña was the choice because of the similarity of issues in Indonesia regarding the promotion of family and moral values, the sacrament of matrimony, the respect for children and women, the need for heroes, domestic violence, poverty, care for youth in need, and many others. This film becomes also an occasion to make the FMA sisters more known in Indonesia because presently, the SDB’s have 6 presences and the FMA’s have two.