Resurrection of Jesus Christ

In the spring of 1984, I was walking by a church in my neighborhood,
and right on 4th Avenue and 14th Street, I met a girl named Elizabeth.
She was very attractive. This young woman took me inside the church
and introduced me to teenagers in the youth groups. I was no more
than 20 years old. In that church I met new people and friends, because
most of my old friends back in high school died from drugs. Some
were murdered, and many had gone to jail. I felt at home in that church
called Holy Family. Many activities and trips were planned, especially
in the summertime. Every week I was introduced to new people. We
went upstate to a place called Haverstraw.

All the youth groups from Holy Family went there every summer. There
were a lot of statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary and angels all over the
place. There were even basketball and handball courts there, a huge
swimming pool and a picnic area! It was so wonderful that I even brought
a few of my family members up there. Two years later, on my 22nd birthday,
I made my first Catholic retreat through the Holy Family Parish. Roman
Catholics know that during a retreat a specific individual goes out to a
private, holy place and then turns his or her body, soul and mind to the
Lord for three days.

That is what you call a retreat. Since the Catholic retreat landed on my
birthday, the young people in the church groups bought me a cake. It wasn't
a bad experience for me, because all through those years that I spent with
them in the community at the church, it kind of kept me away from the streets.

On good Friday we all got involved with the play about the resurrection of
Jesus Christ. A lot of us had different parts in the play. The whole group
movement and the priests started the play from inside the church. Then we
all marched outside, and whoever was playing the part of Jesus had to carry
the cross around the whole block and back to the church. But the wooden
cross wasn't heavy. Our group performed its last production of the play outside,
then finished the rest of the play of Christ inside of Holy Family Church.

Each year different kids from the groups played Jesus, and many played
soldiers. My family members have always been good people, because the
Reyes truly believe in the Roman Catholic religion. I believe through faith we
can change the world if people will only listen and get together as a community
and family and fight for what we believe. Life is to precious to let human rights
go to waste.

  • Reynaldo Reyes
  • Reynaldo Reyes
  • Reynaldo Reyes
  • Reynaldo Reyes
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Feature, Web / New Media
  • Runtime:
    1 minute 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    August 31, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
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    United States
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    July 18, 2015
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Director Biography - Reynaldo Reyes

While I was growing up with my family I noticed out of the entire neighborhood 17th Street has and still is the scariest and most evil block that I have ever lived in as a young teenager. I was born in Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. but I personally lived on 17th street for 19 years and that is where I encountered all of my frightening ghost attacks.

That is why I committed myself to the church community at age twenty in 1983. At that point in time I went to school and worked in a public library in my nearby residence in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Every time I had a chance from work I went home and opened up my art table and began to oil paint, and draw different kinds of caricature.

Besides work I like keeping busy by going to bookstores on my spare time and studying different kinds of books and documentary movies. I also love the anatomy of the human body, and astral projection. My favorite novelists are Steven King and Whitley Strieber and many more. Whitley as you may know is the author of Communion.

Out of all of my terrifying experiences I am very lucky that I am still alive today and to be able to fight back in print and tell the world of my strange encounters with scary unknown specters. Some may scoff, others may laugh at my feelings and true experiences that I am trying to express to people. Perhaps one day half of the people that don't believe in the supernatural will one day come to a conclusion and come face to face with a frightening shock of a ghostly experience with a family member or a close friend's death and then maybe they will come to have greater respect for the dead and their spirit world.

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Director Statement

My book's and films are based on the supernatural and religion. My whole life has been a spiritual journey connected to Jesus Christ, God, and the dark angel Lucifer. But the most important thing is that I am still alive today and I am very grateful and happy to God in Heaven.