Of Gods and Men
Directed by: Xavier Beauvois, 2011
I had written down the title Of Gods and Men as it was recommended to me, though I can’t recall who did or the context. They were right however; this movie has lingered with me since I watched it. It drew me in with the passages they quote1 and the silence.
It is the story of Christian Monks in Algeria. They live in harmony with the Muslim community they serve until Civil War breaks out. Even as their peaceful life is threatened by Islamic fundamentalists, their leader declines protection from the government.
In the process the Monks are divided as to flee or remain in Algeria. They eventually choose to remain despite the unlikelihood of peace and certainty of more violence. It is not a happy ending. Continue reading