Spring 2019 Lectures
Tuesday, April 2, 2019 | 11:00 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. | FIU - MMC | MARC Building - MARC 290
Lady Blanka Rosentiel Lecture Series in Poland - Film screening: The Divine Plan and Presentation by filmmaker Robert Orlando
To commemorate the 14th anniversary of the passing of Pope John Paul II on April 2nd, the European & Eurasian Studies Program and the European Student Association at FIU in collaboration with The American Institute of Polish Culture and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland were pleased to premiere the film, The Divine Plan: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Dramatic End of the Cold War directed by Robert Orlando. A Q & A discussion with Mr. Orlando followed.
One of the least-known historical stories of the 20th century is about an unlikely pair - a President and a Pope - who shared a deep religious faith, political acumen, and high-octane star power. During their friendship, both Pres. Ronald Reagan and Pope John Paul II faced assassination attempts, KGB scheming, CIA intrigue, and played major roles in toppling the Soviet Empire. This epic saga takes viewers behind the scenes of a partnership that changed the world, asking daring questions such as Was a pontiff and politician’s work overthrowing communism the result of inexorable political and economic forces? Or could it have been part of what Reagan called “The Divine Plan”? Told in part as a graphic thriller, this highly-stylized docufilm pushes beyond the boundaries of a conventional documentary and into a world where one’s core beliefs can influence history.
Robert Orlando, the founder of Nexus Media in NYC, is an award-winning film director, author, and public speaker with over 20 years experience as a storyteller. With a passion for religious and political history, he is committed to presenting factual stories about compelling people who were central players in the key turning points of Western history. His credits include the documentaries, Apostle Paul: A Polite Bribe and Silence Patton: First Victim of the Cold War, each part of a series that also includes Caesar Augustus and George Washington. Orlando has also provided innovative content and stylized storytelling that strengthens brands for commercial and corporate partners such as American Express, Unilever, The Wall Street Journal and Conde Nast.