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8 Million Feet to Rome

Friday, April 29th, 2011

4 Million People. 8 Million Feet to Rome.

The funeral of Pope John Paul II was undoubtedly the largest attended funeral in the history of the world. 4 million people descended upon the Vatican in a spontaneous outpouring of love and gratitude for his life.

This was a massive communion of relative strangers.

8 Million Feet to Rome is a very personal film; a film I made as one of the four million pilgrims who attended his historic wake and funeral. I had the privilege of meeting and receiving a blessing from Pope John Paul II on two different occasions. There was a gravitational pull happening in the world on those days following his death on April 2nd, 2005. On the eve of his funeral, converging at the Papal Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, I found and followed the lives of eight young Canadians amongst the four million who spontaneously descended on the Vatican to celebrate Pope JPIIs historic life.

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