I recently viewed a great movie about a small group of monks who served a poor community in Algeria in 1996 during their civil war. This true story is about monks who served the people of a village offering faith, friendship, healthcare, and charity with conviction, but ultimately paid the price with their lives.
These men faced martyrdom with a strong faith knowing they were helping others in a community that needed their help. The actors in this film gave a strong performance and showed the struggles of being a disciple and apostle in a society that is facing oppression and violence through Muslim extremists. Actor Michael Lonsdale plays a great performance of the monk name Luc, who is a cornerstone of strength serving the local village as the physician. I find this interesting because, Saint Luke, is the patron saint of doctors. Lambert Wilson plays the abbott of the monks named Christian, and is good example of a faithful and informed man as he also reads the Koran and is able to know how to work with his fellow Muslims.
This movie has won multiple awards including accolades from the Cannes Film Festival, European Film Awards, and Telluride Film Festival. I recommend you rent and watch this film, but be aware there are some scenes of violence in this PG-13-rated film, and it is in French with subtitles. Following is the trailer for the movie:
You may also enjoy hearing the insights about this film review by Father Robert Barron. (Warning–Spoilers)