A documentary film about an apparition of the Virgin Mary and its effect on visitors to a small European village is coming to Oklahoma City, courtesy of a group of metro residents.
Ken and Carolyn Ehli, of Moore, and Velma Brandt, of Edmond, said showings of the inspirational documentary called “The Triumph” will be Dec. 8 and 9 at AMC Quail Springs Theater.
Brandt and Carolyn Ehli said they have been selling tickets to the showings for several weeks to give people an opportunity to buy them before the Nov. 15 purchase deadline. They said the film has been popular in other cities because it chronicles the miracles that have occurred in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, where reports of an apparition called “Our Lady” have occurred regularly since 1981.
“The Triumph” follows a young man battling substance abuse as he visits Medjugorje, where hundreds of people make pilgrimage each year. Six people, referred to as “visionaries,” have said they have been visited by an apparition of Our Lady several times since June 24, 1981. The documentary is promoted as a film that hopes to help uncover the mystery and inspiration behind the apparition visitations.
“Our Blessed Mother has been appearing in Medjugorje regularly,” Brandt said.
“The movie is about a lost soul, a twenty-something who gets to Medjugorje. It's a story of hope.”
Both women said they have visited Medjugorje several times and want to share the story of the Medjugorje visionaries with others.
Thus far, the metro residents said they have promoted the film showings in bulletins at Catholic churches across Oklahoma. Brandt attends St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Edmond, and the Ehlis attend Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in south Oklahoma City.
Brandt said the documentary has been shown to more than 50,000 people in more than 200 theaters in several countries.
They said any funds left after the theater costs are covered will go to Catholic Charities.
Brandt said people who have seen the film have reported that its powerful themes resonated with them. She said many moviegoers have gone online to share how the documentary inspired them.
“Our Lady appears because she wants us to come to her Son,” Brandt said.
“There's a message there for all of us.”