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A DOCUMENTARY BY ROBERT ORLANDO

IN THEATERS EASTER 2023

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HOW SCIENCE AND FAITH INTERSECT WITH THE WORLD'S MOST STUDIED ARTIFACT

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ABOUT THE FILM

This documentary utilizes a storyteller and new testament scholar's eye to search the world's most studied artifact to find a match with the historical Jesus. With new digital recreations, expert interviews, and new digital technology, the creators have reconstructed the actual crime scene surrounding Jesus's crucifixion to erase the lines between Faith and Science for the first time. 

Writer-Filmmaker Robert Orlando claims that when we look through the lens of the Roman crucifixion, filled with turmoil and insurrections, to find the "criminal Jesus," we are coming face to face with the most transformative story of western history."

 

Ashamed King of The Jews, Jesus in the exposed Shroud —in the bloodstains and whippings -- we see the symbol of how one man's suffering transformed the world. But does the Shroud of Turin prove the story of Christ? The linen burial shroud covered a man who suffered crucifixion wounds, similar to Jesus of Nazareth. We know that scientific studies have shown that the image on the Shroud was not made of paint, dye, powder, or other artistic chemical and had no brush strokes. Instead, there are traces of hemoglobin, AB+ blood type, and a partial genetic profile. 

 

The Shroud of Turin's blood stains evidence points to its authenticity as a burial shroud, but the question remains, is it the Shroud of Jesus? 

 

The Shroud's unnatural image formed revealing a real face and man. Reflecting the wounds of crucifixion, but were they the wounds of Jesus? Details of HIs crucifixion were not common to Roman criminals. His crown of thorns, wounded side, nails on his wrists and feet, and presence of ferritin in the blood, which proves extreme torment, all point to the story familiar in the gospels. With the help of scholars, scientists, and experts, Author Filmmaker Orlando will reconstruct the narrative using forensic evidence to uncover if this could be the actual Jesus.

 

The church has yet to claim the Shroud's authenticity, but many popes have venerated it in its home at the Cathedral of Turin. Many skeptics continue to challenge its authenticity, but as John Paul II said, "The Shroud requires every person to grasp its profound message humbly to his reason and life." In that, the Shroud might "mirror the Gospel." Orlando agrees that "in our expanding digital age connecting the gospel story with the scientific evidence will spark a renaissance of interest in the origins of the Christian story and its profound impact on World History."

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"When we look through the lens of science at the Shroud to find the truth about Jesus, we are coming face to face with the most profound story of western history: A crucified and shamed man gives his life to change all humanity. How, in a brutal world, weakness, vulnerability, and sacrifice for others could revitalize the human spirit. To face Jesus in the exposed Shroud -- the bloodstains and whippings -- we see the picture proof Face to Face of how one man's suffering transformed the world. The power of the Shroud reveals the core historical event that has defined us as a people in the life and death of Christ."

                   -- Writer-Director Robert Orlando

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ABOUT ROBERT ORLANDO

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Robert Orlando, BFA, School of Visual Arts, is a filmmaker, author, scholar, and Executive Director of Nexus Media. His studies include film, religion, ancient and modern history, and biography as a scholar. As an award-winning writer/director, his films include thought-provoking documentaries such as Silence Patton, The Divine Plan, and Citizen Trump and the upcoming Shroud. His books include Apostle Paul: The Final Days, The Divine Plan, The Tragedy of Patton, Citizen Trump: A One Man Show, and Karl Marx. He is published in the book Writing Short Scripts. His articles have appeared in the American Thinker, The Catholic Thing, Daily Caller, HuffPost, Townhall, Patheos, and Merion West. Orlando has spoken at numerous churches, colleges, The White House, and The Vatican. He is currently finishing his graduate studies at Princeton Theological Seminary,  where he presently resides.

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10 THINGS YOU DIDN'T KNOW ABOUT THE SHROUD OF TURIN

1. In 1502, the house of Savoy placed the Shroud in the Sainte-Chapelle in Chambéry, which is now part of France. In 1532, a fire broke out in the chapel. It melted part of the silver in the container protecting the shroud, and this silver fell onto part of the shroud, burning through it. The burn marks and the water stains from where the fire was extinguished are still visible today.

2. The Shroud is currently housed at the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, Italy.  Security is tight for the frail Shroud of Turin.  It   is rarely shown to the public, and   is guarded by security cameras and protected by bulletproof glass.

3. In 1898, The Shroud was photographed for the first time by an Italian named Secondo Pia. His pictures led to a startling discovery:  The cloth’s faint yellowed image of a man, as seen with the naked eye, is actually a negative image that, when developed, turns into a detailed black and white positive photographic image.  The image rests on the superficial surface of the linen cloth at a depth of 0.2 microns. 

4. In 1972, Max Frei, a noted Swiss criminologist, was given permission to take dust samples from the Shroud that contained numerous pollen grains spores. He discovered 22 24 pollen samples species from plants unique to areas around Constantinople and Edessa.

5. John Jackson and Eric Jumper, using a VP-8 Image Analyzer designed for the space program, discovered the Shroud image contained encoded 3-D data not found in ordinary reflected light photographs. 

6. The 1978 STURP Scientific summary report says, "No pigments, paints, dyes or stains have been found on the fibrils … We can conclude for now that the Shroud image is that of a real human form of a scourged, crucified man.  It is not the product of an artist ... The bloodstains are composed of hemoglobin and also give a positive test for serum albumin ... The blood is male type AB ... the answer to the question of how the image was produced or what produced the image remains, now, as it has in the past, a mystery".

7. Textile expert Mechthild Flury-Lemberg revealed that the stitching of a seam on the Shroud that runs the entire length, known as the "side-strip," is typical of Jewish burial shrouds found in the ancient fortress of Masada in southern Israel. She verifies the Shroud as a style of textile used in First Century Israel.  The weave is a Herringbone weave (early Christian symbol of a fish) with a 3 in 1 pattern (Symbolic of the Trinity)

8. The STURP team found that no substances have been manually applied to the cloth, including no substances such as paint, ink, dye, collagen binders, pigments, or stain were used to constitute the image. no substances found  between threads, as with a dust rubbing.

9. The Shroud shows over 120 scourge (whip) marks compatible with Roman flagrum.

10. The Shroud does not contain any stains  signs of body decomposition.  The body was in rigor mortis when the image was formed.  The resurrection happened on the third day before post rigor mortis decomposition had time to occur.