From the streets of the American city of New Bedford to beautiful shores of the Portuguese Island of Madeira, this film takes viewers on a journey to the roots of what has become the world's largest Portuugese Religious Feast.
The Feast of the Blessed Sacrament is a four-day extravaganza that attracts crowds of up to 200,000 to the city of New Bedford, Massachusetts. This documentary film takes viewers on a journey from the excitement of the modern feast to the roots of the Catholic celebration on the beautiful Portuguese island of Madeira. FESTA examines the differences that have developed between the 'old world' and 'new world' feasts as well as the challenges that organizers on both sides of the Atlantic face in the midst of a rapidly modernizing world and changing cultural values. This is a simple story about the power of tradition, the bonds of family, and the contributions of immigrant communities to both their new home and to the land that they left behind.Written by