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The Old Believers

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This extraordinary film introduces us to the Reutov family, part of an isolated northern Alberta community called the Old Believers. Adhering to the original Orthodox Christian dogma and rituals introduced to ancient Rus (present-day Ukraine, Byelorussia and Russia) by the Greeks of Byzantium, the Old Believers see themselves as the last Christians left on the face of the Earth. Here in North America, for the first time in their history, they are threatened not by persecution, but by economic bounty and the western notion of personal freedom. Shot over the four seasons, the film is both a beautiful rendering of timeless rituals and a fascinating exploration of the Old Believers' turbulent history.

1988, 56 min 51 s

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Honorable Mention - Category: Religion and Philosophy
International Film and Video Festival
October 22 to 24 1991, Columbus - USA

Gold Apple Award - Category: Religion
National Educational Media Network Competition
May 15 to 19 1991, Oakland - USA

Golden Sheaf Award - Category: Best Cinematography/Videography (Charles Konowal)
Yorkton Film Festival
May 25 to June 4 1989, Yorkton - Canada