How does a plot that involves the assassination attempts of a President Reagan and Pope John Paul II, KGB scheming, and CIA intrigue become the final act to topple the Soviet Empire?
The Divine Plan dives deep into the pivotal bond between Pope John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan. Just six weeks apart in the spring of 1981, the pope and the president took bullets from would-be assassins. Surviving strikingly similar near-death experiences, they confided to each other a shared conviction: that God had spared their lives for the purpose of defeating communism.
This film takes viewers behind the scenes of an unlikely partnership that changed the world, asking daring questions… Was a pontiff and politician’s work of 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 motion picture film pushes beyond the bounds of conventional documentary-making into a world where one’s faith in God might determine the real facts.
The Divine Plan draws on the film’s exclusive interviews with renowned historians, scholars, journalists, and church officials including well-known historians Paul Kengor, Douglas Brinkley, H.W. Brands, Anne Applebaum, John O’Sullivan, Craig Shirley, major John Paul II biographer George Weigel, close Reagan adviser Richard V. Allen, leading churchmen Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Bishop Robert Barron.
DVD Special Features:
Making of the Film with Dr. Paul Kengor and Robert Orlando – 28 minutes
Conversation on the Theo-Dramatic Story of the Film with Bishop Robert Barron – 20 minutes