The event, organized by the Teresian Association in Germany, was attended by the Consul General of the Kingdom of Spain in Munich, Mr. Francisco Pascual de la Parte; the Bishop emeritus of the diocese of Munich, Engelbert Siebler; the Director of Hansa Haus, a Catholic entity specializing in economics and residential life; students of the Theresianum University Residence; friends, members of the Teresian Association and othes. Before the screening the guests were welcomed with refreshments.
As the film story developed, the afternoon of a particularly bright day was coming to an end. At the end of the movie, after an eloquent silence, the first impressions were heard: "the film touched me at a very deep level," said a former resident of the Theresianum who works in statistics applied to medicine. "It has been worth investing time watching this movie," said Susanne, a resident and Social Work student.
Eva Parisi said that "seeing Poveda's life so beautifully portrayed in the film was a journey into strong emotions. And seeing it together with my boyfriend, with the girls from our residence, with people from the Teresian Association of Munich was immensely valuable. It was a very good time to share and to know the story of a man who was able to move our souls and inspire them towards better goals.” "Pedro Poveda is for me a precious source of inspiration. He inspires me as a thinker and as a believer. He makes me believe in the profound value of fighting for equal educational opportunities, believe in the capacity of each person and live coherently in accordance with one's beliefs and commitments.”
Professor Elisabeth Münzebrock greeted the audience and introduced Laura Moreno Marrocos, Director of the Information Department of the Teresian Association, who highlighted aspects of the film's realization, the historical context, and the life of the protagonist, Saint Pedro Poveda. She also mentioned some awards, festivals, and international screenings of the film.
"We are summoned by a cinematographic work made in Spain by young filmmakers, talented and creative who commit themselves to critical and social film - said Laura Moreno -. Films on biographies and stories that leave traces of humanity. In short, they work on a film that offer viewers the opportunity to see lives and stories on the edge; overcoming stereotypes, between a business orientation and an alternative. For all this, although theirs is modest filming enterprise in economic resources, it is enriched by great passion, dedication, generosity, and creativity ".
Regarding St. Pedro Poveda, she stressed his sensitivity to "a drama of his time, illiteracy and poverty in large sections of the population," and his attitude of dialogue in "a society politically and socially confronted, in which one of the axes of the conflict was the polarization of secularism against religion, particularly in the field of education, a process that, when radicalized, exacerbated the social climate and manifested itself in violence and religious persecution."
She also mentioned that "intertwined with the life of this tenacious priest we see a group of women who make their way in a new enterprise, innovative and bold, as is the Work of the Academies that soon would be known as the Teresian Association, in honor of the Saint of Avila. Among those women Mª Josefa Segovia Morón (Pepita) stands out in the film, for her identification and commitment to the project that was born at the initiative of Fr. Pedro Poveda. She had a special role in the Teresian Association and in the post-war time in Spain."
After mentioning some of the awards received by POVEDA, Laura Moreno said "film, like any work of art, is not completed until a particular dialogue of souls takes place between creation and spectators," and then she invited people to enjoy the movie.