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New Evangelization Practicum

A broken, shamed woman encounters Christ for the first time, at a well in first-century Samaria, where he offers her the gift of living waters to satisfy her true thirst; she must decide if she will allow his living waters to heal her broken heart.


Creator & Producer : Leah Murphy

Director : Lisa Spehar

Asst. Directors : Abbey Reznicek & Olivia Nelson

Dir. of Photography: Aaron Fitzgerald

Camera Op. : Haley Rossi


The reality that this film will tap into is that we are all Photina — Jesus meets us wherever we are precisely because he thirsts for our love. Yet his thirst for us calls us to thirst for him: “Jesus thirsts; his asking arises from the depths of God’s desire for us. Whether we realize it or not, prayer is the encounter of God’s thirst with ours. God thirsts that we may thirst for him” (CCC 2560). This film will illustrate that truth and reach its climax by uniting Photina’s experience at the well to one’s experience at the Mass.

This story will illustrate the profound truth that, when God’s thirst meets our own, we truly allow our Redeemer to know our human brokenness the way he knows Photina’s — and when we allow Christ to truly know us in that way, we eagerly leave behind our old lives for the new life that only Christ can give.

“The woman left her water jar and went into the town and said to the people, ‘Come see a man who told me everything I have done. Could he possibly be the Messiah?”