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DEVOUT, a journey through contemporary monastic life as an archaic utopia,

 

 
 
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a timeless spiritual sphere that is as beautiful and harsh as the mountain terrain of the Caucasus,

 
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tempting but unforgiving, a riddle like god and faith and as mysterious as the human condition.

 

DEVOUT provides a glimpse into the life of a 22-year-old Georgian Orthodox monk, Father Anubi, as he contemplates his understanding of faith. This inspirational story follows him as he travels the forest paths, allegory for his spiritual journey, between the many monasteries in his pristine, picturesque valley. The film bears cinematic witness to his internalized struggle as it presents a stunning visual portrait of the monks, their contemporary, ritualistic lives, and the work inside the monasteries. The camera unlocks the hidden mystery of Georgian monastic life as it travels to 17 Dzama Valley monasteries including one-perched 1400 meters on a cliff-side and was given access to a previously unrecorded sacred site that contains the remains from long ago invasions, hundreds of bones and the skulls of murdered monks, priests, bishops, and children dating from the 6th century.

 
 

Besides the inspired Father Anubi, interviews with other young monks, obedients, and the Archbishop help viewers garner insight to, and reveal individual perspectives of, their Orthodox beliefs ranging from distinct and deterministic, to more compassionate with altruistic views. Although everyone has an individual way of living, each of us has to overcome some difficulties in life and that may be where true beauty lies, through the expression of faith and sharing between people. Here we find true humility and honest devotion.

Director/Producer

 JAMES HIGGINSON (1957- )  Director and fine artist James Higginson(Emmy Award, 1989) premiered his first feature length experimental art film, WILLFUL BLINDNESS, a visual experience, in 2012. WILLFUL BLINDNESS received 2 awards on the international independent film festival circuit, premiered in Germany as part of the Neue Deutsche Film Program in Berlin, 2013 and held the Italian Premeire at Palazzo Zenobio during the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013.  Higginson follows this success with the documentary film project, DEVOUT. His work confronts the viewer with arresting images that reveal the unspoken of today's world— the sacred, the profane, the spiritual and the material. The question Higginson consistently addresses is how to tell the stories of which we all are made and addresses issues that expose our human frailty.   www.jameshigginson.com

JAMES HIGGINSON (1957- )

Director and fine artist James Higginson(Emmy Award, 1989) premiered his first feature length experimental art film, WILLFUL BLINDNESS, a visual experience, in 2012. WILLFUL BLINDNESS received 2 awards on the international independent film festival circuit, premiered in Germany as part of the Neue Deutsche Film Program in Berlin, 2013 and held the Italian Premeire at Palazzo Zenobio during the 55th Venice Biennale, 2013.

Higginson follows this success with the documentary film project, DEVOUT. His work confronts the viewer with arresting images that reveal the unspoken of today's world— the sacred, the profane, the spiritual and the material. The question Higginson consistently addresses is how to tell the stories of which we all are made and addresses issues that expose our human frailty.

www.jameshigginson.com

 
 

 

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DEVOUT Soundtrack

Original Music composed by Roland Hackl with tracks of traditional Georgian Music by Chevenburebi.

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