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Des Hommes et des Dieux
17/12/2010 - 24/12/2010
French Cinema @ FilmhouseBased on a true story, this sombre, humane and provocative drama is set in a Cistercian monastery in North Africa in the 1990s, where eight French monks live in cordial harmony with the local population.
The monastery’s abbot, Brother Christian, is as much versed in the Koran as in the Bible, giving him a special insight into, and respect for, the nation he has chosen to work in. But the country is increasingly in the grip of fundamentalist violence, and the brothers must soon decide whether to stay or leave.
A compassionate plea for understanding between cultures, the film muses on the meaning of religious vocation in a violent world, and tackles its subject with authoritative, non-sensationalist forcefulness.