From an original story
Mira Hamermesh

The action of the film takes place in the Holy Land during the month preceding the Passover celebrations. It unfolds in the realistic and imaginative landscape of Nazareth, the wilderness of Judea and Jerusalem.

The film tells the story of Mary's involvement and response to the impending tragedy of her son Jesus' arrest and the Crucifixion. It adds a totally new and original perspective and insight into the Passion Story theme of sacrifice, self-sacrifice and betrayal. It establishes her as the' Mater Familia', before history forced onto her the role of the MATER DOLOROSA and of the PIETA. She is also mother to more children - her other sons are James, Joses, Judah and Simon and two sisters are also mentioned but remain nameless. (Mark 6:3, Matthew 13:55)

Mary is portrayed as a visionary, a woman of an above average education, herself a healer. The action begins with the arrival of her influential uncle from Alexandria who is well connected in the Roman court (a kind of ancient Onasis) He warns the family about the danger to Jesus' life. Mary, like mothers the world over, meets the challenge head on. Her interventions take many forms- she bribes and seeks access to Roman and Jewish influential individuals including Procula, the wife of Pontius Pilate (re: Matthew 27:19). Jesus' impending tragedy sucks Mary into the turbulent world of politics and social intrigue.
The film 'Mary's Story' steers clear of ecumenical controversy. It gives a contemporary twist to the Mariology cult by making Mary's drama relevant to women of today. Its appeal is universal.


April 1994.