A new documentary on Thomas Merton has been released recently, in the 40th anniversary of his death (10th December 1968).
Award-winning producer Morgan Atkinson spent years researching Merton's work, as well as interviewing Merton's friends, scholars and authorities on the spiritual life. Atkinson's cameras reveal life at the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton's home of 27 years, as well as Merton's path in New York City, Redwoods Monastery, California and Christ in the Desert Monastery, New Mexico. The picture that emerges from Atkinson's study provides provocative insights into the interior landscape of one of the spiritual giants of modern times while capturing the haunting physical beauty of the geography that both nurtured and shaped Merton.
"Soul Searching is a film that integrates Merton's life and his important insights as highlighted by many people in the film who truly understand that message. It could only have been produced by someone who "gets it" -- someone who is soul searching and on the journey himself. Atkinson is representing all those people whose lives have been influenced or changed by Thomas Merton, and as such, 'Soul Searching' is a both a work of gratitude and a gift to those who will discover Merton's transforming vision through this film,: said Robert Toth, Director of the Merton Institute for
Br Patrick Hart, monk of Gethsemani and Merton's last secretary"Viewing Morgan Atkinson's film on Thomas Merton proved to be a profoundly religious experience. It brings out so well the paradoxical character of Merton, the monk, poet, peace activist, and spiritual writer who influenced the lives of so many during his short life. Highly recommended."
Those interviewed in the film include Fr Daniel Berrigan, Anthony Padovano, Michael Mott, Dom John Eudes Bamberger, Br. Paul Quenon, Lawrence Cunningham, Paul Elie, Christine Bochen, Robert Inchausti, Martin Marty, Sr Elena Malits, Colman McCarthy, Jonathan Montaldo, Fr John Dear, Sr Kathleen Deignan and others.
Soul Searching has been screened on some US TV stations. It is also available for sale at $25 plus $5 for postage. Send a cheque with details to:
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