Synopsis by Eleanor Mannikka
In this docu-drama that defends a faith in "one God" against the real or perceived evils of consumerism, war, unbridled sex, drugs, and nonconformists, director Jacqueline Manzano has a resonant male voice intone comments such as " ...by killing God we kill ourselves." The Pope is seen in various encounters with worshipping Catholics around the globe, and the epitome of evil is shown in clips of dictators or rulers as diverse as Hitler and Gamal Abdel Nasser. Rather silly enacted scenes fill the space between docu clips. Devoutly religious viewers will be the most supportive audience for this film, while atheists, agnostics, and Buddhists might take exception to the perspective of the director. In the same vein, the intermixing of documentary footage and acted scenes was an excellent concept, but it was spoiled by the artificial, stilted nature of the fictional segments.
consumerism, drugs, faith, nonconformity, religion, sex, war