“Jerzy Popieluszko, Messenger of The Truth” narrated by Catholic actor and activist Martin Sheen, is one of the first feature documentary films to reveal the story of Polish martyr and a true 21st century hero of human rights, Father Jerzy Popieluszko. Father Jerzy was an ordinary priest, who’s strong faith, conviction and courage mobilized a nation to believe that they were indeed free in their own hearts. His pursuit of the truth stood against the Soviet-backed regime’s pursuit of power. They were willing to kill and he was willing to die. The Soviet’s saw this one man, speaking the truth in a country full of lies as a real threat.
“Totalitarian systems destroy man because they captivate his insides, his thoughts, free will and conscience,” Popieluszko said during one of his sermons. “The only efficient defense against these systems is the truth.”
The truth he spoke of gave his people strength and courage as evidenced by the crows at his masses that grew to 25,000. The truth was the source of faith, hope and love that united the people and gave rise to the spiritual fortitude that would ultimately destroy the communist regime. The truth was revolutionary.
“Telling the truth with courage is a way of leading directly to freedom,” Father Popieluszko preached. “To do this we must overcome fear. This fear makes us act against our conscience and it is by means of conscience that we measure truth.”
Father Jerzy’s example and message of human rights, justice, the truth and personal freedom ignited a faithful nation to not only dream of freedom, but have the courage to make it a reality. “Messenger of The Truth” is his story.
The film was awarded first place in the documentary category at the 28th International Catholic Film Festival in Warsaw and won the Christopher Award as best TV documentary. The film is based on the original book, The Priest & The Policeman by John Moody and Roger Boyes, and was rewritten in 2014 by Roger Boyes and entitled Messenger of The Truth. It is directed by Tony Haines, written and produced by Paul Hensler and executive produced by Gary and Nancy Chartrand.
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