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The Priest (2009)
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 -  Drama | History | War  -  4 April 2010 (Russia)
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Father Alexander is trying to maintain peaceful life for his church amidst the Nazi occupation during WWII.

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Aleksandr Lugotintsev
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Vadim Zhuk ...
Moisey Suskin
Nikolay Ryabychin ...
Stepan
Aleksandr Zavyalov ...
Rozanov
Egor Shik ...
Kostik Toroptsev
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Set in Russia and based on the true story happened during WWII. Father Alexander (Makovetsky) is making every effort to maintain peaceful life for his church during the Nazi occupation. His mission is to survive through the deadly war and save the civilians. But he is only a human... Written by Steve Shelokhonov

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Historically accurate, thought provoking and emotionally charged masterpiece!
2 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The events are tragic for all - people in dire need of spiritual support and priests striving to serve, but under very difficult circumstances. It is the increasing resistance not only from population, but even Soviet solders tasked with rounding up supposed collaborators in cassocks, that forced Stalin to reverse early policies on religious intolerance. The story of the church on occupied territories was not taught neither in academia (even when majoring in history) nor seminaries until 1991. Materials were accessible only to those doing actual research on related topics under specially granted security clearances.


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