Synopsis for the film on Church in Gujarat
A Film on-about-for Jesuits (of Gujarat Province)
Objective: (Mainly for Province Sammelan) – Sent by Ashok
Preparing a profile picture of the Gujarat-Province.
To show the initiatives taken by the Jesuits over the years… A. Geographically – where they started, why and where did they move towards – under specific circumstances and reasons. B. Ministry level – which are the specific apostolates were started to answer particular needs of the region, province and local people.
Length of the film: We have two options.
a. it can be of one hour
b. can be of three to four short episodes (of 15 minutes each) answering the two basic needs – geographical and ministry vise initiatives.
We need to meet a lot of people, our Jesuit brothers to get specific details about their contributions. We will gather details from our well-known historians and if need be lay persons (like Dr. Thomas Parmar) to be true to the historical data.
We will have to use a lot of archival footage, photographs and historical maps, pictures and paintings.
Talking heads will give some authentic evidences but we need to join them with voiceover. And so, a well written script with anecdotes and even heard stories will help us making it interesting film.
The language to be used in the film for all practical purpose will be English.
2. Jothi Xavier
3. Anthony Pitchai
4. Paul D’Souza
We need to present the film in April – so, a fine cut should be ready by the first week of the same month. Working backwards we need to start editing process by the 15th March and so, need to give the time for shooting from first week of February to second week of March. In January we need to work on the script so that we can have script by the end of the month and can re-work on it when and if needed.
Please get back to me after the 1st January to finalize the first meeting of our team so that we can concretely think ahead and together.
DRAFT DESIGN - I
Part I: From the beginning (1893) to Ahmedabad Diocese 1949 (?)
Mogri – Fr.Rodricks – Diocesan priests
Key role of Catechists – between Missionaries & People
Stress on education – people had little faith in education
Typical Mission set up – Church & Rectory, Boys and Girls’ Hostels, Convent
Defense of the Dalits
Poor financial position of the Missionaries
British support – white man as Saheb
Part II: 1949 – 2011
Influx of Spanish Jesuits
Continuity of Missionary pattern
Expansion of Education, College
Communication – print, audio, slides, audio-video
1. Computer graphics of the beginning and growth of the Church in Gujarat
2. Re-enactment of – Cooks asking for Baptism in Bandra FC convent - Mogri Banian Tree + First baptisms
Digitize and categorize Photos of ALL possible old (from Nicolas, Ronda 7, Anand Press…. Old film footage digitized by Alboan,……)
Press (old photos)
Interviews with people who may remember old Missionaries, Catechists (from their sons, daughters, ….) Fr.Pariza, Lopetegui, Goros, Francis Braganza, Pablo, Francis Parmar, …