Outpost: Russian documentary film
Форпост from Yordan Vasilev on Vimeo.
November 04, 2011
Called the Outpost, this film, which is not in English, is free at YouTube, and even without knowing the language I found the images of community and compassion startlingly countercultural. What do the secular materialists have to say about these people who say they know a higher reality? (HT: Stuart K) I think anyone who spent a week here would be changed.
This is a Russian documentary film which has won major awards at several international film festivals.
In the name of the movie — Outpost — is its main idea: a monastery serving orphans and disabled children on the frontier between two countries, a symbol of a modern fortress of mercy and love.
Holy Ascension Monastery is located in Ukraine, a few kilometers from the border with Romania. It is perched on a hill as a strong fortress outpost. Founded in 1994 by Abbot Fr. Michael Zhar and four monks, the monastery serves 140 orphans.
The film’s protagonist is Fr. Michael, who has adopted several of the children, and who has been awarded the title “Hero of Ukraine.” Found here