The Old Believers (2013)
24min · Documentary, Short, History · 1 January 2013
The Old Believers is a documentary short that tells the story of a group of Russian Orthodox Christians who are attempting to preserve their 17th century way of life in 21st century America. After a religious schism in 1666, the Old Believers fled persecution in Moscow in search of a new home where they could practice their medieval customs. Since splitting from the church, they've lived in China, Brazil and Oregon before buying a few acres of land in a remote corner of Alaska in the late 1960s. But even on the edge of civilization their survival is threatened by modernization and internal conflicts. The Old Believers provides unprecedented access into a community that is struggling to pass its beliefs onto a skeptical younger generation.
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