Monday, June 13, 2011

Of Gods And Men

Of Gods and Men is a movie about the toils of several priests living in a war torn
area. It has been well rated and has won many awards for the inspiring footage and moving characters. Several of our friends and our parish priest recommended this movie to us.

While Julie was away at HOBY, we decided to head o the movies to see this inspiring film. We got our popcorn with extra butter and our Sour Patch Kids and went into the theater. As we expected, it was full and we were forced to sit in the back row in the corner, not a very comfortable or attractive spot, but we were left with no choice.

The movie begins with footage of daily life in the mission. The priests each have a specific job that they perform in between the prayer services and Masses of the day. They treat the sick, harvest and plant crops, cook, clean, and pick up supplies for the mission and small village where the mission is located. One day, while performing their duties, some of the terrorists came to the mission to seek medical supplies for their wounded soldiers.

The priests are held at gunpoint, but they courageously tell the terrorists to leave. The head priest of the mission tells them kindly that weapons are not permitted in the mission and that they must be left outside. Rather that part with their weapons, the terrorists decide to leave.

Due to the fact that the terrorists were becoming bolder, the priests have to decide whether or not they should risk their lives and stay, or flee the village. The group is torn and after weeks of praying and meditating, they decide to stay and protect the village. They continue to care for the sick and pray for the needy, but they know the terrorists are coming back. When the terrorists return to kill the priests, only two priests manage to hide before the terrorists came into their room. The other priests were taken in the middle of the night and executed by the terrorists. Only one of the priests who escaped is alive today.

This movie lived up to its expectations and I would definitely call it moving. I recommend this movie to all people. There is some blood and violence that might not be suitable for young children but overall, this movie can and should be seen by all people.

~Steven (Z)

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