‘Gethsemani’ – Documentary film (DVD)
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The Abbey of Gethsemani, established in 1848 in Trappist, Kentucky, and still operating today as a self-sustaining monastery for Roman Catholic Trappist monks, is presented through this Morgan Atkinson documentary as a contemplative tour.
This documentary is the closest thing to being there with the monks, embracing their routines of prayer and work. Granted remarkable access by the monks, Atkinson creates a compelling and unforgettable portrait of a unique way of life.
Much of this project was recorded during the time of the 9/11 crisis. As the number of visitors increased, Atkinson thought of a statement made by Thomas Merton at the time of World War II: “I had wondered what was holding this country together, what has been keeping the universe from cracking in pieces and falling apart. It is this monastery.”
The enduring power of Gethsemani comes through powerfully in this hour-long documentary.