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Back to Square One - A Special Documentary for the 75th Anniversary

Screenshots of Elfrieda Balzer, Delbert Enns, and Ernesto Pinto's interview sessions.

We are excited to announce that as part of our 75th-anniversary celebration in 2022, we are releasing a full-length documentary film featuring past and present producers and associates of Square One.

Pre-production for the documentary started in June when Rein Cabalquinto, our Communications/Video Production Assistant, pitched the idea to Executive Director Shoaib Ebadi and our communications team.

Rein says the idea came into fruition after seeing our Archive Room.

“There was so much history stored in one room,” says Rein. “I thought to myself, ‘wouldn’t it be great if we could show all of it in one video?’"

After consulting with David Balzer (former producer at Square One) and scheduling interviews, production for the documentary began in September 2021.

For the past month and a half, the team has recorded over a dozen interviews. Ingrid Koss, our Communications Writer and Interviewer for the documentary, says it’s a privilege to be conducting these interviews.

“So many people have given so much of their life to serve God through this ministry,” says Ingrid. “I love how I’ve seen their stories in old newsletters, reports, and photos in the archives, but now as we talk to them, their passion for sharing the Gospel is coming alive.”

Both Rein and Ingrid hope those who view the documentary will realize that God's passion for people can be shared in impactful ways, and they can be a part of it.

“I pray that an intriguing, authentic, and God-honouring storyline would emerge for the documentary as interviews are filmed, and as background information is unearthed,” says Ingrid.

The production team - which includes Rein, Ingrid, and Production Coordinator Grant Hoeppner - has set the documentary release date for October 2022.

Check out our Instagram Reel announcement with behind the scenes footage from the interviews!