VIDEO Report: Gary Chartrand and Messenger of the Truth

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We recently sat down with local philanthropist Gary Chartrand to discuss the production and release of "Messenger of the Truth" the documentary about the extraordinary life and brutal murder of Father Jerzy Popieluszko. His assassination by the communist government of Poland triggered a series of political events which would rewrite the contemporary history of that country and inspire millions. Completely produced in Jacksonville, advanced screenings of the documentary are about to be shown in New York and Boston. Join us after the jump for a discussion with the executive producer of the amazing film.

The film screens next in NYC:

Advanced private screening of Documentary "Messenger of the Truth" narrated by award winning actor Martin Sheen coming to NYC

 New York, NY, (October 8, 2013) — The production team of Messenger of the Truth, a groundbreaking documentary that tells the story of the courageous life and brutal murder of Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko, one of the 20th Century's greatest heroes of human rights, has announced an advanced special screening of the documentary on October 19, 2013, at the Academy Theatre, 111 East 59th Street New York, NY at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open for Red Carpet at 7 p.m.

The documentary ?lm, Messenger of The Truth, is narrated by award-winning actor Martin Sheen, written and produced by Paul Hensler and executive produced by Gary and Nancy Chartrand.

The ?lm showcases the remarkable true story of how the Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko stood up to the communist regime in Poland using the single most powerful weapon at his disposal — the truth. From the beginning of the solidarity movement through the installation of martial law, Blessed Father Jerzy said a monthly mass for the fatherland at his small church in Warsaw. 

Despite the totalitarian regime’s attempt to silence him, his message of non-violent resistance and the preservation of human rights and dignity drew crowds that numbered into the tens of thousands.  Regardless of their religious denomination, thousands came to hear this extraordinary man stand up against a system of lies and tell the truth. 

As the crowds grew at the church in Warsaw so did the fear inside the Kremlin, until the night of October 19, 1984, when three members of the secret police abducted and brutally murdered the young priest, who through his message of dignity and peace had become "…the most dangerous man in Poland." Over one million people attended his funeral, and his voice grew even louder after his death as his sermons were broadcast repeatedly on Radio Free Europe.

His Eminence Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Archbishop of New York, endorsed the film saying "…This film is a must-see documentary for all who believe in the rights of religious liberty, the dignity of the human person, and those who are lovers of freedom and defenders of the truth."

For more information about the film and details about the production team and the story behind the events and the life of Father Jerzy Popieluszko visit the documentary website,

For more information about the film and details about the production team, the story behind the events and the life of Father Jerzy Popieluszko click on the documentary website, watch the trailer below and look at the official website of the Father Jerzy Popieluszko Museum.