Movie poster for ‘Of Gods and Men.’ Courtesy/Mesa Public Library
The film “Of Gods and Men,” winner of a Grand Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, will air at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5 in the Upstairs Meeting Rooms at Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central.
It is presented as part of the Library’s Free Film Series, which shows a film on the first Thursday of each month.
“Of Gods and Men” is the story of French monks from the Cistercian order who live in the Tibhirine monastery in Algeria, in a place revered by Muslims and Christians alike. Loosely based on the true story of their kidnapping by terrorists in 1996, the film opens with scenes of them living in harmony with their Muslim neighbors.
When a crew of foreign workers is massacred by an Islamic fundamentalist group, fear sweeps through the region. The army offers them protection, but the monks refuse. Should they leave? Despite the growing menace in their midst, they slowly realize that they have no choice but to stay… come what may.
The Mesa Public Library Free Film Series is a volunteer-led program that is supported by the Friends of the Los Alamos County Libraries. For more information about library events, call 662-8250, or go to www.lacnm.us/library/ and click the Events button to reach the calendar.