San Francisco, Calif., Oct 1, 2009 / 06:39 am (CNA) .- A new film about the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima, based on the memoirs of visionary Sister Lucia and the accounts of thousands of eyewitnesses, will be holding pre-release screenings in at least seven major U.S. cities.
â€śThe 13th Dayâ€ť is the first major motion picture by directors Ian and Dominic Higgins. According to the filmâ€™s U.S. distributor Ignatius Press, their film tells the story of the Virgin Maryâ€™s appearances to Lucia Santos and her cousins Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
Over a six month period in 1917, the Virgin Mary gave prophecies and warnings to children that included a harrowing vision of hell, the spread of communism and the attempted assassination of a Pope.
The film was shot on location in Portugal and in the United Kingdom. It has a cast of hundreds and three young Portuguese actors will play the roles of the young visionaries.
Anthony Ryan, Director of Marketing for Ignatius Press, described the film as an â€śantidoteâ€ť for our times.
â€śIt is a reminder that a thin veil exists between our world and the next. The Message of Fatima is a relevant wake-up call to a culture torn apart by abortion, war, and injustice. Every Catholic, perhaps every person, should see this film,â€ť he said.
Screenings of â€śThe 13th Dayâ€ť are scheduled for October 13, the anniversary of the final apparition. They will be held in Atlanta, New York City, Denver, Chicago and Oakland. Other cities with screenings include Orlando, Florida and Austin and Fort Worth, Texas.
Interested Catholic leaders can sign up for a screening in their area at the site http://www.CatholicScreenings.com.
The movieâ€™s website is at http://www.the13thdaymovie.com.