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A movie that was filmed right here in Shreveport is receiving international awards, including at the Cannes World Film Festival!

The Five Priests, a movie written by Chris Lyon and Chris Charles Scott III, as well as directed by Scott, is receiving critical acclaim internationally. In fact, it's reached final top-four status in the category of Best Spiritual Film at the Cannes World Film Festival.

If you're not familiar with the Cannes World Film Festival, it's THE film festival, especially for independent filmmakers, held annually in Cannes, France, which screens new films of all kinds, including documentaries, from around the world. In short, winning in Cannes is a big dang deal!

In addition to being honored in Cannes and being up for further awards, The Five Priests has already 'been a finalist, nominee, or winner at over two dozen other international film festivals, including Barcelona, Rome, Brussels, Los Angeles Film Awards, and the New York International Film Awards' according to Director/Co-Writer Chris Charles Scott III.


Many don't realize just how rich Shreveport's history is... even folks who are from here. That's why I'm personally so glad to see this film getting so much attention. The summary for The Five Priests on was written by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, Apostolic Nuncio and it reads:

In 2023, the city of Shreveport will mark the 150th anniversary of the third-worst epidemic of Yellow Fever in United States history. The human toll was staggering: over one-quarter of the population died from the illness within a matter of weeks. The human suffering wrought in 1873 remains unparalleled to this day. Yet amid this tragedy emerged heroic virtue, exemplified in the lives of five priests who voluntarily and freely offered their life for others and persevered with this determination unto death.

If you'd like to read more about the history of Shreveport's 'five priests,' there's an incredible page on Facebook called Shreveport Martyrs with a wealth of information, including their efforts and prayers for the, 'cause of beatification and canonization of these Servants of God.' We wish everyone involved with the making of this special documentary the best of luck as they continue to show the world part of Shreveport's storied history.

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