What an incredible movie!
The Divine Plan hits theaters for one night only on Nov. 6, 2019.
Based on the book “The Divine Plan” by Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando, the documentary follows the fascinating relationship between Pope St. John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan as they together defeated Soviet communism in 1980’s Eastern Europe.
The documentary explores “the divine plan” involved in Reagan’s and Pope John Paul II’s miraculous survivals of the horrific assassination attempts occurring within six weeks of each other in 1981.
“Surviving strikingly similar near-death experiences, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism,” the movie’s website explains.
“The Divine Plan” author Paul Kengor told The Troubadour that “it’s a shame” the story has not been widely told in the United States.
“(We’re) not even learning about this great story that happened with America where Ronald Reagan and John Paul II worked together to defeat this awful atheistic, Soviet communism which was the scourge of the 20th century.”
Director Robert Orlando said he hopes youth are intrigued by the movie’s comic-book style and engaging graphics.
“I wanted to grab [the youth] by the throat…and get them off their phones and say, ‘You really have to pay attention. This is a cautionary tale. This was only 30 years ago. If you are forgetting 30 years ago, this is dangerous,’” Orlando told The Troubadour.
Here’s the trailer below:
The documentary features interviews with church officials Bishop Robert Barron of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Archbishop of New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan.
Other interviews include Catholic theologian and author George Weigel, Ronald Reagan’s former national security advisor, John O’Sullivan, Reagan’s former deputy assistant, James Rosebush, and Paul Kengor, author of “The Divine Plan” and “A Pope & A President.”