Kolkata: The Mother Teresa International
Film Festival, 2010, got underway today with the premier of
`Mother Teresa` a documentary made by two American sisters
about the Nobel laureate nun.
"I declare the festival open," Missionaries of Charity
(MoC) superior-general Sr Prema said at the function at Nandan
Organised in collaboration with the MoC, the UNESCO and
Catholic Relief Service, the festival opened with the 82
minute documentary made in 1986 by Ann and Jeanette Petrie of
Shot in 24 locations spanning 10 countries over five
continents, the film is seen as a definitive work on the Nobel
"When I came to India to make the film, I wanted to keep
God out of it. In course of making it, I had to change my
idea. I found it was impossible to separate Mother Teresa from
God," Jeanette Petrie said while introducing the film.
In another development, the BBC, after some initial
feet-dragging, has agreed to lend the first-ever documentary
on Mother, `Something Beautiful for God` by Malcolm Muggeridge
to the festival.
Director of MTIFF, 2010, Sunil Lucas, said the film had
been accomodated in the screening schedule.
The four-day festival will have 50 screenings of 15
films from the US, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Japan and
Among the films are two features: `In the Name of God`s
Poor` starring Charlie Chaplin`s daughter Geraldine as Mother
Teresa and `Madre Teresa` in which celebrated actor Olivia
Hussey plays the nun.
Lucas said that after closing here on August 29, the
festival will travel to Guwahati, Shillong, Imphal, Agartala,
New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Indore, Ahmedabad, Udaipur and
some other parts of the country.
It will also travel later to Malaysia, Singapore,
Brunei, Vietnam, the Phillippines and Nepal, he said.