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Reparando premieres to three sold-out theaters and excellent reviews.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Reparando, a documentary on Guatemala’s struggle to repair itself and its people following a 36-year civil war, held its West Michigan premiere October 13 and 14 at Celebration Cinema Rivertown and Celebration Cinema North, respectively, to three sold-out audiences.
One show was scheduled at each venue, but the demand required a second theater be added for the Rivertown show. Together, the three screenings were seen by nearly 1,100 people. Other showings during the week at schools, colleges and universities were viewed by another 500 people.
The response to the film was overwhelming.
“I sat in grade schools, high schools, colleges and sold-out movie theaters this week watching an amazing tapestry of grace unfold, both on screen and off,” says Scott Moore, producer and director.
Moore notes the effect the film had on just a few people he had a chance to talk to: an elementary teacher moved to begin micro-finance projects to support Guatemala with the kids from her school; a high-school Spanish teacher who based her lesson around the Reparando doll narrative and said it was her best day of teaching in her entire career; a high-school student who is now mobilizing her friends to use their collective discretionary money for missions advancement; a 17-year-old native Honduran who is now considering returning to Central America to work with children and teens; several teens now contemplating a full- time career in ministry.
Due to tremendous demand, another screening of Reparando in the area will take place the week of November 7. The exact time and location are to be determined.
Reactions from Viewers
“I wiped away tears often last night as I watched Reparando. First, tears for the pain of brokenness, then tears for the beauty of love for the broken, and finally tears for the hope and joy the Gospel brings as brokenness is repaired.” – Joel Hogan, Director of International Ministries, Christian Reformed World Missions
“The story is told so well and engagingly, at the same time delivering a film of extremely high aesthetic quality. I’ve seldom seen such story telling with such high artistic sensitivities.” – Leonard J. Vander Zee, Editor in Chief, Faith Alive Christian Resources
Reparando Synopsis
Guatemala was ravaged by Civil War for 36 years. But hope is rising. In the midst of incredible odds, victims have been transformed into champions who willfully embrace the pain of their past to help repair the next generation. Reparando depicts the restoration of Guatemala as told through the lives of Shorty – a former gang member who is now a pastor, and Tita – a woman who started a school in La Limonada, the largest slum in Central America.
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