Nationally and Internationally Acclaimed Filmmaker Shares Message of Forgiveness at Prayer Day 2010


Feb. 4, 2010

Bismarck, ND - The power of forgiveness is in us all and exercising it can change lives, including your own. This was central to the message of Martin Doblmeier's keynote address this morning at the University of Mary's Prayer Day 2010. The challenge for us all, every day, is to understand what we believe and act on it, he said. Prayer is the tool that makes this possible. Speaking to a full house at the McDowell Activity Center, the award-winning filmmaker Martin Doblmeier shared a perspective shaped by his 15 years of exploring faith and spirituality in television and film.

Recalling Christ's need "to be about my Father's business" Doblmeier cited knowing what that business is as a challenge for us all. God's expectations are set forth in the Book of Micah: to do justice, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God, Doblmeier noted. "Prayer becomes the tool to do that humble walk," he said. Doblmeier urged Prayer Day participants to listen to the voice deep within them and have the courage to act on what God is calling them to do. This is what it takes for God to flourish, he asserted.

Forgiveness emanates from mercy, explained Doblmeier. It is practiced and taught in all major religions as making a difference in your life and the life of others, and science is turning to forgiveness as a tool for health, he said. "It is the real-life, modern-day legacy of Christ."

"Quoting Sister Teresa, Doblmeier stated, "'Works of love become works of peace.' You can do things that inspire others; that is the seed of transformation ... What will be your legacy?"

This year's Prayer Day event began Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010, with the screening of Doblmeier's latest film, "The Power of Forgiveness." This documentary won the Sun Valley Film Festival Best Film Award, the Silver Screen Award from the International Film and Video Festival, the Wilbur Award and the Christopher Award. Following a second showing of the film Thursday and the keynote address, workshops explored the process of forgiveness, forgiving when times are difficult, and the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Prayer Day 2010 closed with a Eucharistic liturgy with Bishop Paul Zipfel.

Doblmeier, president and founder of Journey Films, combines a lifelong interest in religion with a passion for documentary filmmaking. He holds a Master of Science in broadcast television from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts in comparative religions from the Providence College. He has produced and directed 25 award-winning television programs for national and international broadcast. His programs explore the moral and philosophical struggles of visionaries and examine how faith leads individuals to extraordinary actions, how spirituality creates and sustains communities, and how religion evolves to meet the needs of a changing society.

Doblmeier's most recent film, "The Power of Forgiveness" includes feature stories on the Amish, the 9/11 tragedy and peace-building in Northern Ireland, along with interviews with renowned Buddhist teacher Thich Nhat Hanh, Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel, best-selling authors Thomas Moore and Marianne Williamson and others.

Doblemeier has eight other films to his credit, including, the critically acclaimed "Bonhoeffer," a documentary released in 2003.