After an hour and twenty minutes of film time in “Of Gods And Men”, Brother Christophe continues to struggle with the dark destiny that seems to await the monks of Tibhirine.

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It is not exactly a work of art, but the creative direction of Karen Fallan, the artistic genius of Jenni Jennings, the gentle coordinating power of Barbara DiLucca, and the extraordinary musical and acting gifts of so many willing participants took this script and created a magical gift of Christmas beauty and joy. It really was:

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The film “Of Gods And Men” is a movie about many things. But, perhaps most of all, it tells a story of freedom.

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For the most part, the violence that lurks in every corner of the film “Of Gods And Men” takes place off-screen.

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Halfway through the film “Of Gods And Men” a conversation takes place between three of the monks of Tibhirine and their village neighbours, in which Brother Amedee suggests the possibility that the monks may flee.

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Half way through the film “Of Gods And Men” the brothers hold a meeting to wrestle again with whether to remain in their monastery or flee to safety. They cannot agree and a final decision is postponed.

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After their frightening encounter with Ali Fayattia and his men, the monks of Tibhirine return to their true work. They share the familiar rhythms of the sacred liturgy of Christmas Eve. They embody in their ritual, the reality of this holy night of peace that has been interrupted by the threat of violence.

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On 24 December 1993, Ali Fayattia and his men of the Armed Islamic Group burst into Our Lady of the Atlas Monastery in Tibhirine, Algeria.

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Following the reading from the essay by Christian Chessel in “Of Gods And Men”, the monks of Tibhirine, hear a short reading from Carlo Carretto (2 April 1910 – 4 October 1988).

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It is the illusion of strength that separates me from life leaving me unconscious of the Divine Presence that is the source of true power.

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