J. Matt Barber
Bella The Movie: Next Passion Of The Christ?
© 2007 J. Matt Barber
an independent film staring Mexican superstar Eduardo Verástegui, is
scheduled for limited
release in theatres on October 26.
The movie, an inspirational drama set in modern-day
won the People’s Choice Award at last year’s Toronto Film Festival,
you’d think major
But the folks at Roadside Attractions, a division of Lionsgate Entertainment, knew a good thing when they saw it and scooped up this moral masterpiece. Bella’s creators are hoping to reach as many people as possible with the film’s principal message: “True love goes beyond romance.”
Bella, Eduardo Verástegui
stars as José, a once-famous professional soccer player who finds
himself working as a cook in his brother’s
José soon learns that God can turn all things for good.
Nina, a single waitress played by Tammy Blanchard is also down on
her luck. She confides in
José that she’s discovered she’s pregnant.
As she is confronted with the choice between life and death for
her little one, José is able to tap his own turbulent life experiences
to offer Nina the wise counsel she so desperately needs.
Women for America (CWA) President
And exceptional grace has also been one of the film’s many positive byproducts. Although the movie has yet to be released, it’s already moving hearts, changing minds and even saving lives. Co-writer and co-producer Leo Severino shared with CWA that he’s aware of at least two instances where babies are alive today because of Bella’s message of truth and love. In fact, by God’s grace, the world has now been blessed with a real life Bella — a little girl named for the film — whose life was spared only hours before she was scheduled to die at the hands of an abortionist.
it’s no wonder the
Matt Barber is one of the “like-minded men” with Concerned Women for America and serves as CWA’s Policy Director for Cultural Issues.