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Mother Teresa: The Legacy
copyright 2005 Joan Holman

In India, there is a word used to express the blessing conferred by seeing or touching a great or holy person. That word is "darshan."

I believe that I have experienced "darshan" from recently viewing the film Mother Teresa: The Legacy, the official film for the beatification of Mother Teresa now available to the public at

Mother Teresa: The Legacy documents Mother Teresa's profound impact on the world as visibly demonstrated by a very special public state funeral in India attended by 8,000 people, including Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, Muslim and other religious leaders, political leaders of all persuasions and the rich and powerful from across the globe. The film also includes footage of Mother Teresa's private burial and clips of interviews with Mother Teresa in which she expresses her profound wisdom with simplicity and clarity.

Mother Teresa's works of love and selfless service affirmed the greatness and dignity of every human person and transcended religion and politics. This is why she was so widely embraced by people of all faiths and backgrounds.

Mother Teresa: The Legacy is the sequel to filmmakers Ann and Jeanette Petrie's stunning 1986 film Mother Teresa, which was filmed over a period of five years in 10 countries. That film was one of the most spiritually uplifting and moving films I have ever seen in my life. I was brought to tears during that film as well as during Mother Teresa: The Legacy.

If you are seeking spiritually exalting movies, be sure to get both of these movies and be bathed in the love of one of the most spiritually- exalted women ever to walk the earth. The life of Mother Teresa bore the fruit of a total and unconditional surrender to the path of love and service through action. And that fruit was so powerful that it has touched the whole world. More than a quarter million people flooded St. Peter's Square in Rome for Mother Teresa's beatification on October 19, 2003. And her Missionaries of Charity carry on her work at shelters, orphanages and clinics in over 100 countries that are dedicated to caring for those forsaken by everyone else. Mother Teresa's work and example has touched the lives of millions of people and the world is a better place because of her.

About Joan Holman -- Joan Holman is the founder and Director of the Spiritual Cinema Alliance. Based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, this nonprofit organization is dedicated to developing and promoting spiritually-focused films and media projects.

Ms. Holman is also the creator and producer of the award-winning PBS television program The Legacy of AchievementTM featuring the lives and lessons of great achievers. Her Legacy of Achievement Foundation is creating a living library of outstanding individuals of all races, cultures and backgrounds who exemplify positive characteristics and accomplishments.

Ms. Holman has a multidimensional background as an author, speaker, producer, business consultant and former psychotherapist. She was Director of Tourism for the city of Minneapolis and was instrumental in making Minnesota a popular location for feature film production. As part of these efforts, she worked on feature film productions, including locations, casting, and involvement of community resources for production and promotion.

Ms. Holman is a book development consultant for "Career Wisdom: Success Advice from Outstanding Women Achievers," a book that will feature success advice from a multiicultural group of women history makers, Nobel prize winners, CEOs, University Presidents, and leaders in business and the arts. Career Wisdom is being developed through the assistance of Dr. Camille Cosby. Both Dr. Cosby and her husband Bill Cosby have been involved in numerous philanthrophic endeavors that help improve lives and communities.

Ms. Holman authored the book Hands That Touch, Hands That Heal: The True Story of Sister Rosalind Gefre and Her Pioneering Work in Healing Touch." She also plans to produce a film about the amazing life and achievements of Sister Rosalind, considered by many to be a living saint.

The Spiritual Cinema Alliance serves under the umbrella of the National Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., which has been helping individuals, corporations and communities express themselves in the charitable, educational, scientific and religious sector since 1968. The National Heritage Foundation has 7,000 foundations under its umbrella.

"Joan Holman has a relentless focus to produce something positive to lift the human spirit. I can't say enough to describe the GREATNESS of Joan Holman other than she is in in simple terms a GREAT HUMAN BEING and for that she will always have my friendship and support."

Dean L. Mitchell, acclaimed artist

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