New Men is a documentary about a Russian Orthodox Monastery in West Virginia.

New Men has captured something deep and powerful in our monastic life.”

—Archimandrite Seraphim, Abbot of Holy Cross Monastery
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?