Bon Voyage! Director Greg Di Roma Embarks upon his Holy Journey in his Documentary
“And Jesus was a sailor when he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching from his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then until the sea shall free them
But he himself was broken, long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human, he sank beneath your wisdom like a stone.”
– Suzanne, Leonard Cohen
Thousands of years ago, a man came to this world. He came to bear the baggage of our sin, he came in this world as our messiah and sacrificed himself for us. The man, the messiah paid for the sin of humankind with his own life, even in death, he prayed for humankind. The man is known to the world as Jesus of Nazareth – the messiah who saved humankind from their sin and paved the way for a better existence.
His life and work became an inspiration to many. Eventually, the world saw a rise of Abrahamic monotheistic religion, Christianity, based on the life and teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus has always been a man of myth and legend, The Bible alone could not justify his stature, he was the chosen one, he came to die for us and he brought a ray of light into this dark world. He has been a point of curiosity for many people, and our director Greg Di Roma seems to be just one of them.
Greg has shared that he has been curious about the story of Jesus and the origin of The Bible. His innocent mind looked for the answers, but he could never understand its impact. Deeply influenced by Jesus and his teachings, Greg starts on a journey to reach, experience and feel Jesus through his actions. The movie is his debut feature and from the theme it is evident how deeply Jesus has influenced and inspired him. The movie “Our Triumphant Holy Day” explores Greg’s journey into the holy land of Jerusalem and how he experiences his religion there.
Greg Di Roma started his journey on a pilgrimage into the Holy Land in Israel and Palestine with 28 other pilgrims in January 2020, and as they roam around the holy land, they come closer to the messiah, the human son of God who had an unflinching faith in humankind. The film takes place in the major sites of Israel and their impact on Salvation History and on Christianity. This journey enables Greg to come closer to his lord and witness a totally different aspect that he had never seen before. The other companions also leave a deep impression in Greg’s mind and open up a door to a way of life that Greg never imagined to be possible.
This film offers Greg, as well as his audience, with a great opportunity to come close to God and see Jesus from a different light. Greg’s excitement after witnessing the holy land makes us believe in the legacy that Jesus had left. Belief in Jesus is synonymous to belief in mankind, and Christianity is all about having faith in every single being. The film fruitfully captures the impact, greatness and power of Jesus Christ. It makes us realise how faith has the power to alter souls and bring about a change.
Apart from being true to his roots, Greg also shows brilliance as a storyteller. Documentaries are often tricky since they involve spontaneity and suddenness, but Greg skillfully captures the essence and keeps the cinematic value high.