|A Life-Saving Movie|
The movie Bella is a low-budget film that surprised the movie industry by winning the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival's People's Choice Award. It's a pro-life movie, about a young woman in a difficult situation who finds help from a male coworker who befriends her. It was released by the Spanish soap opera star, Eduardo Verastegui, who made a commitment to God that he would no longer be involved in offensive projects. So he formed Metanoia Films to produce uplifting movies. Its first project was Bella, in which Verastegui also stars.
Though the movie has been a financial and artistic success, what matters most to Verastegui is the lives that have been saved. He said, "It's been amazing. We've received so many e-mails and letters from young ladies who just days before were scheduled to have an appointment to have an abortion and after they saw Bella they kept their baby." That includes a young woman in Miami, who the actor talked into canceling her abortion appointment and then personally took her and her boyfriend to see an early version of the movie. She decided to keep the baby—and named her "Bella."
Look at the lives that have been saved because one artist decided to be a positive influence, and because family and friends reached out to take young women in difficult circumstances to a good movie.
Reference: Baptist Press, "A Life-Saving Movie," SBC LIFE (January 2008)]