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“New Men is a beautiful documentary that gives viewers a glimpse of an ancient spiritual tradition still viable in the 21st century.”

Critics’ Choice member R.C. Samo


New Men chronicles one year in the life of a Russian Orthodox monastery in rural West Virginia. The monk's reflections on shedding former identities to embrace new lives of prayerful asceticism are woven together with rarely seen moments of the community’s 1,700-year-old monastic tradition. As the brotherhood prepares for Pascha, the most important Orthodox holiday, Father Justin contemplates his upcoming final vows to live in the monastery until his death. (48 minutes)

Orthodox monasticism embodies a radical alternative to hyper-individualistic, pleasure-oriented American culture. Monastics take vows of chastity, stability, poverty, and obedience. What compels these men to abandon the world to live a life of self-renunciation?