Margarethe von Trotta directed and wrote the screenplay for this reverent 2009 biopic about the famed 12th century Benedictine abbess. Barbara Sukowa gives a nuanced and enigmatic portrayal of this complex woman whose many talents included composing music which you will hear as part of the film score. The beautiful German countryside and its cloisters provide the backdrop. Pope Paul II called her, "a light to her people and for her time, she continues to shine even more brightly today."
"Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) stands out as one of the most visionary and incredibly gifted spiritual women of all time. She was an abbess and founder of a Benedictine religious community; a teacher and preacher; a composer of music and the creator of an avant-garde morality play; a poet and artist; an herbalist and pharmacist; and a sensitive recipient of God-sent visions with insights about the Bible and the natural world.
Yet for 800 years her ministry and the magnificent sweep of her talents and abilities went largely unknown. It is only recently thanks to the rising tide of interest in women's spirituality that her story has come to the light of day." See Spirituality & Practice for full review at http://www.spiritualityandpractice.com/films/films.php?id=20270.
Join us for a screening of this inspiring film which celebrates cloistered feminine spirituality. Run time 110 minutes, in German with English subtitles, not rated. Enjoy popcorn during and discussion after. See http://http//www.peacejourney.org/ for more information.