Tickets cost $10 + $2.50 Belcourt Historical Preservation & Processing Fee and are available online at belcourt.org.
Contact: Scott Moore
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Reparando, a documentary on Guatemala’s attempt to rise above a 36-year civil war, to premiere in West Michigan October 13 and 14.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI—Athentikos presents Reparando, a documentary on Guatemala’s struggle to repair itself and its people following a 36-year civil war, and will hold its West Michigan premiere on Wednesday, October 13 at Celebration Cinema Rivertown and Thursday, October 14 at Celebration Cinema North. Shows start at 7 p.m. on both dates and are appropriate for all ages.
The documentary follows Shorty, a pastor and former gang member, and Tita, who started a school in Guatemala’s most notorious slum, as they join forces to invoke positive change and repair the country and its people.
“In 2006, my wife and I visited Guatemala to meet our adopted son for the first time,” says Scott Moore, producer of Reparando. “We were amazed by the contrast between beauty of the land and the unbelievable hardships of the people.”
75% of Guatemala’s population lives below the poverty line. An estimated 20,000 children live in orphanages and at least 6,000 more in the streets of Guatemala City alone. Hindering their rise from these conditions are gang culture, chronic malnutrition, poor education and a lack of resources.
Moore and his wife, Amelia, began to investigate the cause of these issues and traced it to what was essentially a loss of an entire generation due to the civil war. But they see hope rising.
“God is repairing Guatemala one story at a time through those who have already been repaired,” says Moore. “I’m thrilled to finally be able to share the incredible story of Reparando with the public in the hopes of inspiring people to live generously with their time, talents and treasure.”
By documenting the amazing stories of people giving their lives away to change these statistics for the better, Athentikos hopes to raise capital for micro-enterprise in Guatemala.
Tickets cost $5 and are available online at reparandorivertown.eventbrite.com and reparandonorth.eventbrite.com.
On the morning of June 18, 1954, the United States C.I.A. dropped leaflets in Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the president. Guatemala was ravaged by Civil War for the next 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 pasts to help repair the next generation. This is their story. Shorty, a former gang member who is now a pastor and Tita, a woman who started a school in Guatemala’s most notorious slum joined forces to repair La Limonada.
For more information on Reparando, visit www.reparandomovie.com.
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After 2 ½ years of work, a vision that was birthed during a conversation with gang members in a Central America prison has come to life. On a visit to a gang unit with the chaplains we support in Guatemala City, Scott Moore was deeply moved by the stories of the young men he met that day. He describes it as being able to see stories in the eyes of the young men hiding behind the threatening war paint of their tattoos. He felt responsible to do something in response to what he had seen and the vision for a film (which now has the name “Reparando”) was birthed.
Weaving through the story line in Reparando are people and ministries who are a core part of the Estrategía de Transformación (EdT as the name given to CTM’s work in Latin America) missional community in Guatemala City. Reparando seeks to lift some of these stories up and place them before the world as examples of God’s scandalous and magnificent grace leading to transformational outreach in some very hard places.
A definition of grace repeatedly espoused by our work at CTM is that “grace, like water, always flows downhill and pools up in the lowest places.” This film is an invitation to the viewing audience to “take a swim” in the deep reservoirs of God’s grace found in some very surprising places and people.
Erwin “Shorty” Luna grew up a street kid in Guatemala City and then turned into a gang member and drug addict. His life is in the process of radical “repair” and he now serves as a pastor and a gang chaplain. Tita Evertz lived through the pain and torture of domestic violence and became a heavy drug user. She too is in the process of a major “repair job” and now runs two schools in the largest slum in Central America called “La Limonada.” It is there that the bulk of the Reparando storyline takes place as Shorty and Tita join forces as agents of transformation in the work of “repairing” La Limonada.
The film was produced and directed by the Tennessee-based Athentikos (meaning “authentic” in Greek) which is the fruit of that infamous prison visit mentioned above. The Athentikos founders, Scott and Amelia Moore, have adopted two children from Guatemala. During visits to Guatemala in the process of adopting their boys, they were exposed to the gang prisons, Guatemala City and the missional community of the EdT. As a result of vision captured during those visits, Athentikos was born.
Reparando is the first of many films telling stories of inspiring transformation that Athentikos hopes to produce in the years to come and it does not shy away from the historical roots that lay the context for the current social realities and challenges in Guatemala. The narration in the trailer states that “on the morning of June 18, 1954, the US CIA dropped leaflets in Guatemala City demanding the resignation of the president. Guatemala was ravaged by Civil War for the next 36 years. But, out of this time of war, 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.”
The working metaphor for the film is framed around the microenterprise work of a woman who works in the garbage dump and who is affectionately known as the “doll lady.” She finds and/or buys discarded parts of destroyed and mutilated dolls from the landfill and then carefully and meticulously washes, restores, redeems, and repairs them (hence the name Reparando), framing the Gospel metaphor for the film.
Reparando is premiering in Michigan, Kansas City and Nashville in October and in Guatemala in November. It has been selected for screening in three film festivals to date and will go on a screening tour in the U.S. after the first of the year. We are thrilled beyond words to see these stories on the big screen are extremely proud of the finished product.
Joel Van Dyke
Director Estrategía de Transformación
(CTM in Latin America)
Tickets for the Nashville Premiere of ‘Reparando’ on Oct. 19 at 7PM can be purchased online through the Belcourt Theater:
REPARANDO NASHVILLE PREMIERE
Tuesday, October 19, 2010 7:00 PM
The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue – Nashville TN 37212
Box Office: (615) 383-9140
‘Reparando’ received it’s first review in Guatemalan Newspaper Siglo XXI today.
“A dream come true” sounds trite and clichéd compared to the richness of the reality I along with my husband and over 200 others experienced last Thursday at the private viewing of the film, Reparando in Guatemala City.
Living in Guatemala off and on for six years, being native Texans, we traded hot weather, southern drawls, rich southern heritage and leaving our families for the beautiful tropics and mountains of Guatemala and falling in love with the people, culture, beauty and pain of this country. Weaving through the stories, journeys and lives we now live were these phenomenal people and ministries that appeared to be rising out of no where but, instead we just discovered that these ministries had been loving Jesus in the trenches and in relationship for years, often “unknown” by the church and others around the world but, making lasting, eternal differences in the lives of the people of Guatemala!
The questions we heard over and over from the Body of Christ in the states were “Where can we plug in?” or “How do we best support and come behind the Body of Christ in Guatemala” or maybe one of the most compelling “I want to be apart of the work, beauty and love of God we see in Guatemala” So the cry of our hearts developed into a passion for exposure. Who better to expose than our dear friends, Scott and Amelia Moore and the Athentikos team who were loaded with talent, a love for Guatemala and a passion for this beauty to be documented. So when they contacted us and asked that we could join the team in Guatemala to help collaborate and coordinate, connecting the team with these ministries we couldn’t get on board quickly enough. We have been humbled by this team’s dedication, incredible hard work, persistence in truth being exposed, unbelievable talent and beautiful hearts.
To sit in a room with over 200 Guatemalan pastors, our friends with Strategy of Transformation and others who have served in this project for over two and half years in the private screening of Reparando, as you can see was “A dream come true” as it moved us, like true exposure of beauty often does and filled us in that entire auditorium with HOPE…hope for the future, hope in a God who brings redemption and hope for the country of Guatemala which is being rebuilt from the inside out!
Melissa Scott Davis
Guatemala Family Coordinator
The Shepherd’s Crook Ministries