Reviews and Festivals
"We cannot rewrite history. We can only learn lessons from it."
— Unknown Soviet Reviewer
"Looks at religious life in the USSR today through the eyes of a monk, a parish priest, and nuns in a convent. What's new is the sympathy with wich their choices are treated."
— Karen Rosernberg, International Documentary Association
"Uplifting picture...the film is a good omen for the next millenium...the focus is on the people who devoted their lives to an ideal of mystical beauty and human compassion...The film presents the picture of a spiritual oasis in a society in turmoil."
— Anna Lawton, Kinoglasnost: Soviet Cinema in Our Time
"A loving examination of the Russian Orthodoxy commemorating the one thousandth anniversary of the conversion of the country to Christianity. Its soundtrack suffused with liturgical chant and church bells, the beautifully photographed film visits some of the most picturesque and important religious centers in Russia...Tries to demonstrate the continuing vitality of religion in Russian society today...the film takes heart from the throngs attending worship services and participating in the restoration of church buildings."
— James Krukones, John Carroll University