'New Day in Brazil' was the first documentary about liberation theology in South America. The population of Sao Paulo is already in the tens of millions and increasing by a half a million every year.

The film takes a look at the new and experimental ways that Irish missionaries in Sao Paulo are bringing the Gospel to some of the city's poorest people.

Irish nuns and priests talk about living and working in the shanty towns of the city. Sister Phil Sheeran describes working with abandoned children and helping young people develop their own sense of self worth.

Sister Anne Coleman talks about developing basic communities - work in which Father Paddy Dundon is also engaged. These basic communities work as a type of Christian co-operative, sharing expenses and pooling resources among members. Father Pat Coughlan runs training courses for group leaders. This is just one part of a new type of missionary work being carried out in Sao Paulo. For the members of these groups the Gospel is seen as a powerful tool which can be used to critique the unjust economic structures imposed by the military government.

With too few priests available, the Catholic church in Brazil look for other ways to serve the people. Milton a local factory worker is one of a number of people providing a weekly church service. There is discussion among bishops in Brazil that married men be ordained as priests in areas where there are shortages of priests.

Sister Anne Coleman talks about how much more involved lay people are in the Church in Brazil than at home in Ireland. Father Ciarnan Needham describes a part time study programme where young people who are becoming priests or nuns will stay working at their day jobs while studying for their religious work.

Cardinal Paulo Arns, Archbishop of Sao Paulo, discusses the importance of the work of foreign missionaries in helping the formation of local leaders and fostering vocations.

Father Paudie Moloughney celebrates a festive and joyous outdoor youth mass. 

Narrator Jimmy Greeley sums up the work of Irish missionaries in Brazil,

"The Church in Brazil is on the move. What had once been a church for the rich and powerful has become a church for the poor and suffering. The Irish priests and sisters have not brought Christ here so much as discovered him among a delightful and generous people. They know that they themselves gain as much as they give in their missionary lives."