Mike Vogel stars in the movie, The Case for Christ.

The organisers of the biennial CANA Film Festival (CFF) are releasing two thought-provoking movies in July and August in the run-up to the festival proper, which will be held in late August and September.

One is The Case for Christ, based on the dramatic true story of how investigative journalist Lee Strobel, legal editor at the Chicago Tribune, takes on the challenge of examining the historical evidence surrounding Jesus.

The other movie is Marie’s Story, based on the life of Marie Heurtin (1885-1921), often called the “French Helen Keller”.

Born deaf and blind, Heurtin has no way to communicate with those around her. Unable to cope with his daughter’s violent behaviour, Marie’s father takes her to the famed Larnay Institute.

It is there that Marie meets Sr Marguerite, a young nun who takes Marie under her wing. Armed with her faith, Sr Marguerite works tirelessly to bring Marie out of her solitary darkness.

The film festival proper, the third in a series, will last from Aug 29 to Sept 30. According to the organisers, film buffs young and old will have the opportunity to watch a myriad of features, short films and documentaries curated locally and the world over.

Two movies are already confirmed. One is Machines, in which the viewer is taken to view a dehumanised place of physical labour and intense hardship – a gigantic textile factory in Gujarat, India.

Director Rahul Jain observes the life of the workers, their suffering and the environment they work in. With carefully selected interviews of the workers, he tells a story of inequality, oppression and the huge divide between rich and the poor.

The other movie is Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story, about the plight of Asian elephants captured to become service animals. The movie shows a daring rescue of a 70-year-old captive blind Asian elephant. The heartwarming film aims to ignite a sense of hope, and a new way of thinking about this species.


Ariana Rivoire and Isabell Carre in a scene from Marie’s Story.

After each screening, a panel discussion will be held to reflect on the film experience through various lenses such as from the filmmaker, the issue expert, and a Religious or priest.

Founded in 2014, the CFF aims to bring noteworthy independent films that espouse the universality of Catholic social teachings through depictions of good versus evil, friendship, hope and disappointment, life, love and loss.

In a press release, CANA urged people to attend the various screenings “with an open heart and reflect deeply on the issues raised”.

“We hope viewers feel motivated to take concrete action in understanding the challenges we face in society and how they might play a hand in contributing positively to their own communities,” CANA added.


About the festival


Machines tells the story of dehumanised labour.

Pre-festival movies:

The Case for Christ
Venue : CANA The Catholic Centre.
Dates : July 21 and 28, Aug 4.
Time : 2 pm-5 pm.

Marie’s Story
Venue : Cathedral of the Good Shepherd.
Date : Aug 16
Time : 7.30 pm-9.30 pm.

Venue : Church of Divine Mercy
Date : Aug 17
Time : 8 pm-10 pm.

To register for tickets for the pre-festival movies, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 6338 4080.

Confirmed festival movies:

Machines
Venue : CANA The Catholic Centre
Date : Sept 2
Time : 4 pm-5.45 pm.

Love and Bananas: An Elephant Story
Venue : CANA The Catholic Centre
Date : Sept 8, 7.15 pm-9 pm.

The dates for film festival screenings this year are Aug 29, Sept 1, 2, 8, 9, 15 and 30.

For more information, visit http://www.canafilmfest.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/CanaFilmFestivalSG.

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