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Frei ("Brother")

He defied drug lords and drug traffics. He is a priest. But thousands call him Brother.
He founded over 140 rehabilitation centers, called Fazendas (farms) in 22 countries of the world. Thousands of addicted, volunteers and those after curation returned to be community members. Addicted are cured without medicals, – by prayer, work and community life. Family of Hope ministry, started from Brazil, is the only social service visited by the Holy Father.
He was born in Germany in the first afterwar year. Forearmed by Christ‘s mercy he lived through all challenges of the 2nd half of the XX century. 40 years of faithful service in Brazil and around the world made the name of an average Franciscan priest Hans Stapel known to all continents.
«Everything is possible with God», – he says. Drugs, alcohol, depression, and fear of the world in an unbelievable way are transformed in Fazendas into a spiritual search of Christ.
Antonia Willemsen, one of the leaders of Catholic charity work, is sure that «He is an apostle of our days for addicted».

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Director Biography - Nick Goryachkin

Nikolai Goryachkin
Journalist - TV and Video Producer & Director

March 2015 Delegate and presenter at EU Peace Building Process day in the European Parliament
2013 – 2015 Delegate of FEM Congress (The Foundation for Evangelization through the Media) in Rome
Since 2012 Author and moderator, interdenominational talk-show DIALOGUES at EWTN-Europe
Since 2008 Member of the international TV production group «Fatima Message to Russia»
2007 – 2015 Cycle of talks and interviews at the Radio Vaticana Rusa
Since 1998 Executive Director of International Christian Media foundation BLAGOVEST MEDIA (Saint Petersburg).
1998-2001 Producer of a cycle “Window to the Christian World” on the National Russian TV Channel “Kultura”
1995 - 1997 Producer, "Christian cinema nowadays" weekly programme, National "TV 3-Russia" channel
Since 1995 Film director and producer of 22 international prize-winning documentaries and docu- dramas
1992 - 1995 Radio Blagovest (Brussels-Paris), newspaper La Pensee Russe (Paris). Correspondent and permanent representative in St. Petersburg.
1990 - 1994 State Radio of Leningrad/St. Petersburg. Editor, since 1993 - senior editor and chief co-ordinator of cultural program "Heritage". Full off-line and on-line production.
1986 - 1990 Union of Writers *, Leningrad division. Head consultant of Poetry, Prose and Drama departments. Head of International Press-centre of the Union and its press-service.
* The only official state writers' organisation in the former Soviet Union. Leningrad division listed several thousands of members and associated candidates.

Since 1979 Freelance journalist and literary critic. Numerous publications on culture in magazines and newspapers of Soviet Union, Russia, publications in France, Japan etc.

1999 – 2016 Regular meetings with heads of Pontifical Councils on Christian Unity and Social Communications, numerous projects done in cooperation
2004, 2012 Delegate of the American Catholic Leadership Coalition
Since 2009 Member of SIGNIS International division
2008 Chair of the Jury on Human Rights at XXXII Hong Kong Film Festival
2007 Personal meeting with the Pope Benedict XVI
May 2001 Member of the Jury at XVI International Film Festival in Nepokalyanov, Poland
Since 1992 Member of the Association of Russian Artists in Paris, as critic on culture

In 2014 as Blagovest Media Director hosted 13th SIGNIS International seminar in St. Petersburg
Participated and covered numerous International Film Festivals and Forums, including Locarno, 1993; International Christian Congress in Rome, 2001; International Film Festival “Religion Today” in Trento, Italy, 2002; Christian Media Forum of SIGNIS in Cape Town, South Africa, 2003, Infinity Internaional Festival in Alba, Italy, World Media Congress in Thailand, 2009 and others

1978 - 1986 Institute of Theatre, Music and Cinematography of Leningrad. Baccalaureate in theatre critics.

Russian: native
English: fluent conversant

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