We present the full version of our documentary “The Boat”.
Production Date: 2009
Copyright : CRTN
Executive Producer: Mark Riedemann
Director: Aleksandra Piotrowska
“I Paul, in chains for the name of Christ wish to relate to you the trials besetting me daily, in order that you may be inflamed with love for God, and join with me in his praises. The prison here is a true image of everlasting hell: to cruel tortures of every kind – shackles, iron chains, manacles – are added hatred, vengeance, calumnies, obscene speech, quarrels, evil acts, swearing, curses, as well as anguish and grief. But the God, who once freed the three children from the fiery furnace, is with me always; he has delivered me from these tribulations and made them sweet, in the midst of these torments, which usually terrify others, I am, by the grace of God, full of joy and gladness, because I am not alone – Christ is with me”. [Paul Le Bao Tinh]
Estimates indicate that over the centuries upwards of one hundred and thirty thousand Vietnamese Catholics and foreigners, engaged in spreading the faith, suffered a martyr’s death in Vietnam. Although today the situation in much improved, the rights and freedoms of Vietnamese Catholics continue not to be wholly respected. This short film touches on the history of the Catholic faith and the present reality for Catholics in Vietnam.