Posted by: baworldtraveler | March 31, 2011

1990’s Algeria + French Monks +Terrorists = Of Gods and Men

I love foreign films and just saw another one worth watching… Of Gods and Men.

I didn’t realize until the end of the movie that it was based on a true story from the mid-1990’s. It is a story of the soul-searching and struggles of a small group of Christian monks living in a monastery in the rural, Altas Mountain region of Algeria. They are threatened by the growing violence from a Muslim fundamentalist terrorist uprising and are eventually taken hostage by the insurgents. The exact details of their deaths are not clear.

The monks and Arab villagers surrounding the monastery had lived in peace and harmony. Each group had been respectful of the others’ religious beliefs and rituals, involved in each others lives, and supportive of one another.

Seemingly without warning, Croatian workers are murdered by the GIA (Armed Islamic Group). As violence escalates, the monks know that they will eventually be a target and are encouraged by government officials to go back to France. Views are shared and votes are taken a few times as each monk struggles with the question, “Should I stay and likely be killed, or should I go back to France while I have the chance to escape?”.

You get a chance to step inside the lives of those who had choosen to live a contemplative life, in poverty, in humility, serving God and see how they faced the ultimate test of their faith, beliefs and mission to serve.

Now that I know it was based on a true story, I might have to watch it again.

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