St. John Paul II’s role as a driving force in the fall of communist rule in Central and Eastern Europe is the focus of a new documentary illustrating how the late pope ensured a ‘revolution of conscience’ that was pivotal in the collapse of the Iron Curtain in 1989. The documentary will air on public television across the United States, premiering on June 3.

Narrated by actor Jim Caviezel and featuring original music by renowned composer Joe Kraemer (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, Jack Reacher), Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism tells this story using rare archival footage and exclusive interviews with several heads of state, historians, foreign policy experts, church leaders and close personal acquaintances of the late pontiff, including George Weigel, papal biographer; Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Kraków, John Paul’s longtime assistant; and Richard Allen,Ronald Reagan’s National Security Advisor.

Liberating a Continent: John Paul II and the Fall of Communism is presented nationally by WTTW Chicago and distributed by the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA), a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states. For more information about the film, visit


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