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May 23, 2024

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The Divine Plan Premieres At FIU
Presented By Blanka Rosenstiel Lecture Series
& European & Eurasian Studies Program

FLORIDA – 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 (Florida International University) in collaboration with The American Institute of Polish Culture and the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Poland are 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 will follow. The screening will be held at Florida International University, 11200 SW 8th Street, MARC Building – MARC 290, Miami, FL 33199. Time: 11:0 am – 1:00 pm.

The Divine Plan by Robert Orlando is a fascinating documentary on friendship and cooperation between John Paul II and Ronald Reagan which changed the fate of the world.

Based in part on captivating prose by Paul Kengor from his book A Pope & A President, the film discusses the American victory in the Cold War and its spiritual dimension. It explores the biographies of the two charismatic leaders to find the sources of their extraordinary commitment to the cause of vanquishing of the “Evil Empire” of the Soviets. The Pope and the American President both barely survived assassination attempts, which gave them moral resolve and the sense of purpose. They both understood that it was necessary not only to continue to fight the Cold War against the Soviet Union but also finally to win it. They believed this was a Divine Plan and that they played two indispensable, mysteriously complementary parts in it.

For eighty minutes, Robert Orlando skillfully weaves a sophisticated tapestry of historians’ accounts, personal biographies of the two leaders, memories of collaborators and friends, and original film footage to create a powerful and persuasive vision of the 8th decade of the 20th century. He takes the viewer for a fascinating trip around the bipolar world – America, Italy, communist Poland, Bulgaria, and Russia – to explicate the backstage of the world events. He leads us through the corridors of power in Washington, elegant paths of Vatican gardens, and the dark labyrinth of the Kremlin to prove that what we take for granted in our past may well have unfolded differently, and definitely less fortunately, more than once.

Another strong aspect of the film is the combination of various art forms – interviews and original film footage of historic events intertwine with animated cadres, which adds to the dynamism and suspense of the story.

The Divine Plan is a masterful account of historic events, which sheds additional light on the official narratives. It is a good reminder to those who are slowly starting to forget the chilling times of the Cold War. To those who never knew them, it is an eye-opening lesson of modern history. To all of us who have lived through 1980s, it is an invaluable document and witness to the power of courageous vision, determination despite suffering, humility of leaders, and their trust in the Divine Plan of Providence.


The Synopsis

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.

The Director

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.

Cast of Characters

To solve the mystery, Orlando interrogates a crack team of world-renowned scholars, politicians, historians and journalists includingPaul KengorDouglas BrinkleyRichard Allen, John O’SullivanCraig ShirleySteve KotkinGeorge WeigelBishop Robert BarronAnne ApplebaumMonika JablonskaMarek Jan Chodakiewicz, HW Brands and Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

This event is free and open to the public and all FIU Students.

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