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„Mariušs” – a documentary film about a polish missionary in Latvia
01.03.2006 18:52

The film titled „Mariušs"(Mariush) began in Riga, 26th January  2006, at the Exhibition Gallery „ag7”.

With financial aid from Palmira Lace and Culture Capital Foundation, it was filmed by three youngsters: Liga Pinne (scenographist), Elena Griscenko (painter) and Maris Lagzdins, a cameraman.

The film reflects the background of a Polish missioner priest, Mariush Kempa, who works and lives in Kurzeme region, serving in the Parishes of Grobina, Aizpute, Vecpils, and Pavilosta.  After watching the film, I asked Fr. Mariush to share his thoughts about it:

- How did you feel, seeing yourself in the film?

I was nervous as I was reflecting on much of my life experiences.

- What is your message to the viewers?

To reflect on the way to Christianity and the priesthood, the calling of Jesus Christ, of God who calls us to serve Him in different ways. God calls some people to family life, some to life in solitude or monastic life, or some to life in priesthood. I wanted to reflect a positive understanding of Christianity and the priesthood.

Some questions to the authors of the film Liga and Elena:

- Why did you decide to shot the film?

Liga: The idea belongs to my friend, Līga Korlasa, who is a stage director. We went with Mariush to pilgrimage. On our way I kept repeating: „I want to make a film!” and then Liga said: ” We have the ideal actor!” At that moment Mariuss was dancing on the road in his cassock…

- Why did you decide to make a film about a priest?

Elena: I was inspired, possibly it is God’s way!

Liga: I am grateful to God that Mariuss was so willing to participate in the film.

- Why did you choose the Polish priest, who is in Latvia as a missionary? Why Mariush?

Liga: His simplistic approach was inspiring and came to me as quite a surprise. It seemed our paths were destined to cross.

Elena: I was intrigued by his life story. Even though he is Polish and has a Polish accent, he is fluent in Latvian. The film reflects this as mixture of different cultures.

The film was shown recently also in Liepaja St. Joseph’s Cathedral Parish and Liepaja St. Dominic’s Parish.

Andris Vasilevskis,