Please join us for a special Q&A with director Nick Hamer after the 6.30pm screening on Friday 6 December.
The monks of Leicestershire's Mount St Bernard Abbey are a community of 25 men, half of them over 80 years old. This beautifully filmed documentary follows the monks as they move from dairy farming to brewing and attempt to open the first Trappist brewery in the UK.
The stakes are high – if their historic counter-cultural lifestyle is to survive, the venture must succeed. Meanwhile as the monks reflect on spirituality, ageing and the approaching end of life, the number of burials in the Abbey's graveyard continues to rise.
Director Nick Hamer spent a year with the monks, gaining privileged access to document their hidden lives. They have turned their backs on the material, consumer society, to focus instead on contemplative spirituality, and to maintain an age-old religious tradition.
The Q&A on Fri 6 Dec will be hosted by George Merchant Ballentyne. George has been actively involved in inter-faith activities, dialogue and projects in Leicester and Leicestershire for over 30 years. For seven years (2006-13) he was employed as Equality and Diversity Officer by Leicester Council of Faiths. He currently works as Voluntary and Community Sector Engagement Manager at Leicester City Council. He also hosts a weekly radio show on EAVA FM, “All In Good Faith”, which celebrates the diversity of communities in the city and county.
Dir: Nick Hamer
UK 2019, 82mins