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Films Remember Korea's Two Late Religious Leaders Updated: 2011-04-21 00:00:00 KST

He called himself a fool.
So it seems fitting that a film released on Thursday about the life of Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan would be titled "Babo" or "fool" in Korean, after his humble nickname.
This documentary, narrated by top Korean actor Ahn Sung-ki, traces the cardinal's life of faith and love.


[Interview : The Late Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou-hwan] "Love means, in a way, giving yourself completely that's not easy."

He was respected by both Catholics and non-Catholics as he fearlessly spoke out against Korea's past authoritarian government, and provided Myeongdong Cathedral as a shelter for pro-democracy protesters back in the 1980s.
The life of another religious leader, the late Venerable Beopjeong, is also hitting the big screen this May.
The nation's most respected and beloved Buddhist spent most of his life alone in a temple deep in the countryside.
However, his influence on people as a social activist and renowned writer never waned.
His books and essays, including bestseller "Without Possession," delivered simple, austere and merciful philosophies to people of all generations.
Made by a non-Buddhist director and narrated by acclaimed actor Choi Bool-am, the film includes previously undisclosed footage of the Venerable Beopjeong.
The release of the two films this spring reminds viewers of the friendship between the two leaders that transcended their religious backgrounds.
Their generous, loving souls continue to resonate through the screen, offering peace of mind to many weary hearts.
Park Ji-won, Arirang News.
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