TCC Films: Of Gods and Men

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Of Gods and Men tells the true story of eight Trappist monks in Algeria in the 1990s whose nonviolent beliefs were put to the test when Algeria descended into civil war. The monks were loved by almost all of their Muslim neighbors. They attended Muslim celebrations in the community, were well versed in the Koran, and provided medical and charitable assistance to the town, but Muslim extremists wanted them to leave the country. They decided to stay, even if it meant risking their lives.  Of Gods and Men is a beautiful look at religious life and gospel nonviolence, it helps to explain why some people believe that there are worse things than dying.  Or as Pope Francis recently said, “The true strength of the Christian is the power of truth and love, which leads to the renunciation of all violence. Faith and violence are incompatible.” Of God and Men was an official selection at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival.