Documentary on the Christian revival taking place in Russia makes its theatrical debut

Documentary on the Christian revival taking place in Russia makes its theatrical debut

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[Crux Now] Christianity in today’s Russia was on full display on the big screen April 29, as the documentary, Faces Among Icons, made its theatrical debut at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, New York.

VIDEO: Online source for the full documentary ‘Faces Among Icons,’ which documents the Russian Orthodox Church from persecution in 1917 to its subsequent revival after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Faces Among Icons chronicles the devastation of the Russian Orthodox Church following the 1917 Russian (Bolshevik) Revolution and its rebirth following the 1991 fall of the Soviet Union.

The Rome-based filmmaker of the documentary, Robert Duncan of Catholic News Service, was on hand to participate in a panel discussion of the movie and its topic. He was joined by the seminary’s president and president of the student council.

“I set out to make a film that was representative of Russian Orthodox life today,” Duncan said.

“Superficially, a film about the Russian church and its relationships to geopolitics was a way I could tap into the extraordinary interest of the secular media in Russia following the 2016 presidential election,” he said. “Since the Danilov Monastery, at least in popular imagination, looms in the background of Kremlin politics, there was an obvious ‘church angle’ to the Russia story post 2016.”

Faces Among Icons was released by Catholic News Service in 2017, timed to coincide with the centenary of the Russian Revolution.

It also marked the 100-year anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, at which time the Virgin Mary was said to have predicted the conversion of Russia to Christ.

Faces Among Icons showcases a range of Russian citizens who offer firsthand accounts of the changes in religious life inside their country since the fall of communism.

Following the documentary’s screening, Russian Orthodox Archpriest Chad Hatfield, president of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, noted the individuals speaking in the film provide widely diverse personal perspectives to which church-state cooperation is deemed beneficial.

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  1. There is no question that there is a revolution, some may even say a revival, going on in Russia. The church, whether it be Orthodox of Evangelical is seeing a resurgence in that large country. In just over one week, home education leaders from all over the world will convene the Global Home Education Conference in St. Petersburg and Moscow, to assist home educators worldwide, but focus locally on Russia itself. These parents number in the thousands, and hold influential sway over both the political system and their respective churches, whether they be Orthodox, Pentecostal or Baptist. The leadership have adopted Christian curricula and the state church has endorsed what parents are doing there. It has been a long road for those who value family and faith, but God is working on individuals there who are determined to make a difference. Hundreds of parents and numbers of church leaders and politicians will attend this conference, and the melding of minds could have a significant impact on the future of Russia, at least some of the population there.

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