EWTN's brand new film, To Believe tells the true story of Ukrainian Fr. Sebastian Sabudzinski and his parish during the Soviet Union's persecution. Viewers who want to know what life is really like after a Communist invasion need look no further than To Believe. The film was produced by EWTN Ukraine in Kyiv, a city which is now under assault after Thursday's invasion by Russia.
The film can also be viewed for free anytime on EWTN's On Demand site: https://ondemand.ewtn.com/free.
This outstanding hour-long film presents the true story of Father Sebastian Sabudzinski and the families in his small Catholic parish during the Communist persecution. As the film opens, viewers see a round-up of priests marching through a forest where they are given one last chance to renounce their faith. When there are no takers, all are shot to death by a firing squad. But the story really begins in 1953 when a man, who had been taken from his family as a young boy and interned in a concentration camp for 30 years, returns home to his family. The film then flashes back to 1921 and the events that led to the man's internment.
"This film is based on actual events and the stories of real people," we read in the opening credits. "It is dedicated to all those who have preserved their faith during the long night of Communism."
The film will bring many viewers to tears as they experience the emotional turmoil of those who were traumatized by the Soviets during the persecution. This should come as no surprise because many Ukrainians were either alive during Soviet persecution or are descendants of the persecuted.