Documentary Launches Film and TV Producer Frank Desiderio into National Program of Forgiveness Retreats

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Vision Video to Distribute 'The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness'

The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness

Rev. Frank Desiderio, CSP, immediate past-president of Paulist Productions and executive producer of the award-winning documentary, "The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness" (http://www.bigquestionthemovie.com) is launching a national program of practical and transformational retreats and seminars focused on forgiveness, How to Let Go of a Grudge. (http://www.forgivenessretreats.org).

Each retreat and seminar will begin with the film, which tells dramatic stories of astonishing acts of forgiveness, courage and grace, from the aftermath of apartheid in South Africa to the tragic shooting of school girls in Amish country to the brutal robbery and murder of an elderly mother.
The documentary also features psychologists and scientists who study the impact of forgiveness on the human condition, and some of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time including Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Sr. Helen Prejean, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Rev. Joseph Lowery.

The audience's response to the film moved Rev. Desiderio to return to pastoral work full-time. "When I started doing screenings, I realized the emotional effect it had on people," said Rev. Desiderio. "The film opened the door for people to consider forgiving, but there had to be the how-to component. That's what the retreat provides."

Following the film screening, Rev. Desiderio leads participants through a five-step process, LET GO, which provides a roadmap for the spiritual path of forgiveness. Events range from a one-day seminar to a weekend retreat or four-day parish mission. They can be tailored, in both timing and format, for a variety of groups interested in healing.

"Forgiveness seems to be necessary at every level and touch point of human interaction -- for individuals, families, communities, at workplaces, in society," says Everett L. Worthington, Ph.D., who is featured in the film. A leading expert on forgiveness research and a psychology professor at Virginia Commonwealth University, Dr. Worthington explains simply, "Everyone benefits from forgiveness."

The catalyst for forgiveness is the film. Starting this month "The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness" will be available to the public at Vision Video (http://www.visionvideo.com). It is available for individual or group purchase through the Vision Video catalog and online.

How to Let Go of a Grudge forgiveness retreats will be held at religious and holistic centers throughout the United States and have been booked already in Michigan, the Washington, D.C. area and Los Angeles for late 2009 and 2010. Rev. Desiderio will also be presenting at the Religious Education Congress of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles in March.

"Everyone tells you to let go, but nobody tells you how," says Rev. Desiderio. "My goal is to help people LET GO - of hurt, anger, resentment and revenge - and experience the healing and freedom that comes through forgiveness."

About Forgiveness Retreats and Rev. Frank Desiderio
Rev. Frank Desiderio, CSP, is a teacher and spiritual guide. Through his work as priest, campus minister, preacher, chaplain, poet and producer of film, TV and radio, he strives to connect people with the experience of a loving God in mediums both secular and sacred.

Rev. Desiderio facilitates forgiveness retreats throughout the United States (http://www.forgivenessretreats.org), featuring the award-winning documentary "The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness" (http://www.bigquestionthemovie.com), which he executive-produced while president of Paulist Productions (http://www.paulistproductions.org). Rev. Desiderio speaks frequently to media and at conferences, particularly on topics such as film and faith, and their intersection in contemporary entertainment.

About "The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness"
Executive Producer - Frank Desiderio, C.S.P.; Producer - Kaluska Poventud; Director of Photography - William Hooke; Written by Vince DiPersio and Gustave Reininger; Directed by Vince DiPersio.

About Vision Video
Vision Video is in its fourth decade of distributing a wide range of Christian and family DVDs, representing more than 2000 titles with ample selections for all age groups. Selections include drama, documentary, live events, curriculum, and rare historical footage. The programs offered on http://www.visionvideo.com have won close to four hundred film festival awards in the past 20 years.

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