VOCATION AND COMMITMENT: Brother Christian (Lambert Wilson, center, speaking) is the head of a monastery in the Algerian countryside where eight Trappist monks must decide whether or not to stay during an uprising of Muslim extremists. © 2010 WHY NOT PRODUCTIONS, COURTESY OF SONY PICTURES CLASSICS.

Of Gods and Men

Directed and coscripted by Xavier Beauvois

Although the French film Of Gods and Men is set in Algeria in 1996, it could just as easily be set in any Middle Eastern or African country that is struggling with the rise of Islamic extremism. You can see the film playing out in any number of dangerous locales over the centuries—anywhere where people of Christian, Muslim or another faith have to make difficult choices that involve their beliefs in a higher power.


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