Pope John Paul II’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979 created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century.
Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore what transpired during these nine days that moved the Polish people to renew their hearts, reclaim their courage, and free themselves from the shackles of Communism. Produced in partnership with Citizens United Productions. Polish edition produced by Rafael. Formatted for all computers and European DVD players.
Finalist for Best Documentary, the Vatican’s Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival
Gold Special Jury Remi Award for Best Documentary, WorldFest-Houston Independent International Film Festival
Winner of the Silver Award for Religion and Spirituality, Telly Awards
Winner of the Bronze Award For History and Biography, Telly Awards
Winner of the Gold Camera Award, U.S. International Film and Video Festival
Nominated for the People’s Festival Award, John Paul II International Film Festival
Nominated for Best Documentary and Most Inspiring Film, Orlando Film Festival
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Nine Days that Changed the World” is one of the truly great Catholic documentaries. Yet it does not appeal to Catholics alone, and one doesn’t have to be a Catholic to see and understand it. Pope John Paul II loved the world and changed the world and he spoke to all of mankind. Yet, viewing this film through a lens of faith is truly a rewarding experience.
(Nine Days that Changed the World, Catholic News Agency, June 18, 2010)
While the film is stunning for the original footage it brings to the screen (and the footage is indeed unique) its message is also timeless. “Be not afraid,” the Pope told his countrymen.
The film is very moving on many levels. Seeing the charismatic and athletic John Paul II wooing and winning his people with words, gestures and warmth brings waves of loving nostalgia to all those who knew him. John Paul II’s deference to Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, primate of Poland, is particularly touching. The “Nine Days that Changed the World” project is a heartening example of the great vocation of laypeople: a politician, using a solid study of history and the innovative dazzle of media, to recount the inspiring and uplifting truth.
(Elizabeth Lev, Newt Gingrich and John Paul II, Zenit, June 17, 2010)
It strengthened my faith. It reminded me of what is possible…I wish for all countries that are under the yoke of socialism/communism or sliding towards this oppressive system of government to experience this phenomenal documentary…As a child in Cuba I saw the demise of our culture. I saw the end of freedom. Churches were shut- down. Priest, nuns and pastors of all faiths were also subject to exile, persecution, imprisonment, and execution. Nine Days that Changed the World made me relive my Cuban experience. I wish that at that time I had the opportunity to watch this film while living the hell of communism. This moving account serves as a visual beacon of liberty; an inspiring pathway for those that suffer the bondage of tyranny. The film gives insight to this great Pope’s passion for faith, freedom, national pride, struggles with communism and his battle for the soul of his country. To the Polish people the venerable Pope, Karol Józef Wojtyla, was their pastor. He represented faith, peace, individual freedom and hope, not only to the Polish people, but to all those oppressed by communism, Marxism, and atheism….Nine Days That Changed the World provides a hope of real change for all countries under tyranny and those that face the specter of authoritarianism.
(Luis Haza, Nine Days that Changed the World, The Americano, June 17, 2010)
This beautifully inspired film is supported by the masterful musical scoring by Michael Josephs, sacred music by the Choir of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of Washington, DC, providing a powerful complement to the miraculous story of Pope John Paul II. The highly emotive music serves extraordinarily well the compelling cinematography that captures the profound events that were the genesis of the most significant political change of the 20th century.
“Nine Days that Changed the World” is a very timely, must-see, well-made, emotional documentary focused around Pope John Paul II’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June 1979. Since a generation has forgotten how atheistic international socialism aka Marxism aka Communism had turned Eastern Europe, especially the entire country of Poland, into a repressive, economically devastated prison camp, it is very important to see the impact of the Pope’s calling down God’s Holy Spirit to transform the nation of Poland.
(Nine Days that Changed the World, Movieguide, June 2010)
The film reminds Americans that freedom does not come easily for many. When the Vatican announced that the Pope planned to travel to Poland in June of 1979, Soviet authorities were aghast. Religion had no place in the communist system. The emergence of a religious leader threatened Soviet control of the country.
(Ronald Kessler, The Pope Who Defeated an Evil Empire, Newsmax Magazine, June 2010)
This is not a regular, major motion picture, it is a documentary of how John Paul caused change in Poland and with that, all of the former Soviet Block. Pope John Paul II started a revolution, a bloodless revolution, and millions joined him on the front lines….Learn from the past and march into the future! This movie is necessary for all people of faith, especially in America to see today. When crosses are being removed, the name of God is being suppressed and morality is becoming the new immorality, we need to know where we have come from and with John Paul at our side, rise up and take back what is ours, before America looses it’s soul!
A Must See Movie, Padre Catholic Podcasting, May 27, 2010)
This documentary and a review of some of John Paul II’s pronouncements demonstrate the timelessness of his vision. His was a crusade for the proper balance of societal order and religious and personal freedoms.
(Jon Kraushar, On Pope John Paul’s Birthday, What could he teach Obama?, Fox News, May 18, 2010)
The underlying theme of the movie is that freedom is found in faith….Perhaps most importantly this movie brings a message for this particular time period in American history. Political ideologies may try to oppress the human spirit but the inherent capacity for God, truth, love and freedom that exists in every single human being can never be extinguished.
(Jeanne Monahan, Family Research Council Blog, April 15, 2010)
Your fabulous film was shown yesterday to the parishioners at Nativity Church in San Francisco. Polish pride at its best. After crying and hugging at the end, we all pledged to follow JP2s lead and insure that our heritage and faith will continue for generations to come. So many in the audience had been there, lived through it and were proud. Thank you so very much again!
(Caria Tomczykowska, President, Polish Arts and Culture Foundation, August 16, 2010)
In June 1979 Pope John Paul II made a nine-day pilgrimage to Poland, documented in a moving recent film Nine Days that Changed the World. With the power of faith and moral conviction he appealed to millions for change, turning the Soviet empire inside out.
(Anne Bayefsky, How much anti-Semitism is too much?, Jarusalem Post, January 15, 2011)