On a cold Wednesday evening, St. Joan of Arc hosted a warm reception for the premiere of the documentary movie Generations in Solidarity: A Sister Parish Story. The hardy souls who braved the cold weather and icy roads of February 26th were treated to the first viewing of the completed documentary, created by St. Joan of Arc parishioners Jeff and Rita Nohner. Filmed on location in El Salvador, Guatemala and Minneapolis, the documentary tells the story of the conditions leading to the founding of Sister Parish, Inc. and the subsequent impact of the relationships that have developed and deepened as a result of the pairing of parishes in North America with parishes in Central America.
One reviewer of the film describes it this way:
“Watching this film was a heartwarming experience on a very cold night! By shining a spotlight on the on-going struggles of the people of Central America and the inspiration almost three decades ago of an aging preacher and a homemaker to create a transformational organization called Sister Parish, this film weaves a seamless narrative of oppression, resilience and grace. The Sister Parish model of uniting faith communities in Central and North America through long-term relationships, interconnectedness and solidarity was created during the darkest days of armed conflict in Guatemala and El Salvador -- but now, a generation later, it remains just as valid. The film asks us to reflect on the source and nature of injustice in Central America and the parallels to environmental and social issues being faced in the U.S. today. And it invites us to ask tough questions about what we can do as global citizens and people of faith and hope.” It is hoped there will be additional free screenings at SJA in the near future. Get more information at www.GenerationsInSolidarity.com