Hindi Film on the Life of Christ to Be Released in India

Movie Seen as an Initiative for the Year of Faith

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NEW DEHLI, DEC. 5, 2012 (Zenit.org).- A new film on the life of Christ in the Hindi language is set to be released in India as an initiative for the Year of Faith. Fr. Dominic D'Abreo, spokesman for the Indian Bishops Conference said that the film "will help to communicate the Christian faith, to spread the real face of Christ and the Church to the people of India."

Entitled "Christayan" ("The Way of Christ"), the six hour long film was produced by Fr. Geo George, an Indian missionary who used 200 non-professional actors, 80% of whom were non-Christians, and devoted seven years in making the movie. 

In an interview with Fides News Agency, Fr. D'Abreo explained that the film is an example of "inculturation as he proposes Jesus with customs, culture and Indian music and presents a Christ who restores dignity to women, the poor, the oppressed, the creation, touching issues that are very eloquent for the Indian public." 

Fr. D'Abreo also conveyed his hope that "Christayan" will help others to not only discover faith in Christ, but to also a means to "remove existing prejudices about Jesus and the Church." 

"For non-Christians it will be, thanks to the Hindi language, a tool to teach them about our faith, also to illuminate them on the knowledge of Christ, in full harmony with the themes of the Year of Faith," Fr. D'Abreo told Fides. 

The Year of Faith, he concluded, "is finding great attention in the various dioceses of India, who are proposing to the faithful specific programs of catechesis, symposia, exhibitions, seminars, biblical meetings, events dedicated to the faith of young people."