The story of Sudanese born, Bakhita who was kidnapped into slavery as a young girl and later was rescued and moved to Italy. Despite her hardships became a kind and generous servant of the Lord. She was canonized in the year 2000.
Born in Sudan, Bakhita is kidnapped as a young girl by slave dealers, then sold and resold as a slave to different masters. She is rescued by Federico Martin, a widower from Italy who sees her plight and pities her. He brings her back to Italy to look after his young daughter, Alina, in the small town of Veneto. Amidst the prejudice and antagonism of the people there, Bakhita remains kind and generous in her service. Through Father Antonio, the local priest, and the support of the Daughters of Charity, Bakhita grows in her faith in God and gets baptized. She decides to join the kind Sisters in the religious life. However Martin wants Bakhita to return to him and Alina is afraid of losing her companion. Eventually though, Martin realises that he cannot treat her as a slave, the fate from which he had originally rescued her in the past. Bahkita is freed to follow her chosen path. Bakhita died in 1947 and was canonised on 1 Oct, 2000 by Pope John Paul II. Saint Bakhita has become a symbol of freedom and reconciliation, and is today the patron saint of Africa.
Languages: Italian, English Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles (accessible using the DVD remote.)
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BAKHITA ...This movie, Part 1 shown on October 6th 2014 is a wonderful example of a Spirit enabled work of good people with talent, spirit and feeling that put the American Hollywood to shame. At Notre Dame there is the Niuland building which has engraved on one of its entrance "All things God has made are good and each serves its turn. For many years I have almost given up on man's capability to generate motion pictures that capture the lives of the many good people who by living the life of Christ become Saints. We have to hear about these Italian Movie crew have created something that will last ....the life of St. BAKHITA. Get a copy! Give it to your Diocesan Film library. Write a review for your Catholic paper. Contribute to EWTN so that more such good films will be shown give to the producers and directors of this movie tout it like our Hollywood peddlers of smut would do be energetic in your hope that good people can save the world through Christ's minute by minute intervention.