Zelary: An insight into Eastern European thinking
My wife and I watched, Zelary last night, a Czechoslovakian film about the life of a woman who worked in the resistance during WWII. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that a series of circumstances force her to move from Prague to the mountains where, in order to save herself, she must blend in and adapt to rural customs and mores.
I’ll warn you that there’s some violence (too much for some people I know), but I’ll also say that, if you want to understand why Europeans are more skeptical about hawkish military doctrines, this is a good movie to watch. As I travel through
But this film also functioned as a reminder to me that, even in the darkest of times, there are moments of beauty and grace, for those who have eyes to see, and hearts to live with humility, gratitude, and simplicity. The horrors of war are juxtaposed against the beauty of nature, the love of the land, and the mysteries of how a man and woman grow to trust and love each other. Seeing this glory and living this glory in the midst of a world reeling from the results of the fall is our calling, not just in war time, but every time; every day, and hour, and minute.