Of Gods and Men a must see film: My comments from an ‘Ascension’ sermon, plus two reviews:
The earliest Christian witnesses – faced with worshipping the Emperor or staying faithful to Jesus – were willing to accept death for him. A film that has just opened is called Of Gods and Men. It tells of a community of monks who lived in Algeria. They did not proselytise. They simply lived and prayed and offered hospitality. During the war of the 1990s they were faced with the question whether they would leave and seek safety. They voted to stay and paid with their lives. Here is the power of Jesus Christ at work. The New Testament often speaks of power: but always in opposition to violent force which traps, crushes and oppresses people. The power of Jesus is the power of God who gives life.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
Of Gods and Men is a 2010 French drama film directed by Xavier Beauvois, starring Lambert Wilson and Michael Lonsdale. Its original French title is Des hommes et des dieux, which means “Of Men and of Gods” and refers to a motto from the Bible shown at the beginning of the film. It centers on the monastery of Tibhirine, where nine Trappist monks lived in harmony with the largely Muslim population of Algeria, until seven of them were kidnapped and assassinated in 1996 during the Algerian Civil War.
‘OF GODS AND MEN’ Movie Review: A Difficult Yet Powerful Watch.
Review by David.
‘Of Gods And Men’ is a difficult watch, but one you won’t forget in a hurry. After an excruciating and slow first hour,the French film directed by Xavier Beavois, builds to a powerful and poignant finale; featuring the best dinner sequence ever set inside an Algerian monastery. Expectations for the film were high, with it winning the coveted Grand Prix (Runner up) at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.