A movie meditation for Holy Week -- "We Shall Not Be Moved"

Blog Published: March 26, 2013
By Sister Maxine

I just watched the documentary We Shall Not Be Moved. What a great story about perseverance and, ultimately, resurrection. It seems fitting that I saw it during Holy Week.

The film is about six Catholic orders of sisters in New Orleans at the time of Hurricane Katrina. It was written and produced by Sister Judith Zielinski, OSF. (BTW, she's joining us tomorrow on our In Good Faith podcast, 6pm CST, to talk about the film!)

The documentary features interviews of the sisters about their experiences and includes video taken by news crews during and after the storm. For example, the footage taken by helicopter after the storm shows the massive flooding that destroyed hundreds of homes and businesses, including sisters’ residences and places of ministry.

In the midst of the wreckage, the sisters faced the question of whether to leave the area or to remain. The congregations had ministered in New Orleans for decades, serving in some of the city’s poorest areas. While wanting to remain, the sisters also weighed the enormous challenges of rebuilding in areas that might never rebound from the devastation.

I don’t want to give away the ending, but I imagine you can guess what the sisters did!

So if you’re looking for a great film to watch during Holy Week, check out We Shall Not Be Moved. It is airing on broadcast tv channels across the U.S., and you can see if it’s showing on your local channel by going to the We Shall Not Be Moved website  and clicking on the “Broadcasts” tab. The film is also available by DVD.

If you’ve already seen We Shall Not Be Moved, share your thoughts about it in the Comment box below. Also, if you know of other good films for Holy Week, we’d love to hear about them.


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