In Spite of Darkness - A Spiritual Encounter with Auschwitz (DVD)
Directed by Christof Wolf, S.J. Produced by Ron Schmidt, S.J. and Christof Wolf, S.J.

Every November an interfaith retreat is held at the notorious Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camps in Poland, where more than 1 million people, nearly all of them European Jews, were exterminated by the Nazis. Why would someone participate in such a retreat? How could anyone attempt to pray or meditate in a place that silences the heart and chills the soul? Filmed over a period of seven days, In Spite of Darkness tells the story of five retreatants—among them, a Rabbi, an atheist, and a Catholic priest—and how they come face to face not only with their own vulnerabilities and complicity but with new strength, peace, and glimmers of hope.

Winner of three Telly Awards in the Religious/Spirituality category and for Music and Videography.

Winner: Redemptive Storyteller Award, Redemptive Film Festival, Virginia.

Official selection: Religion Today Festival, Trent, Italy; Magnificat International Film Festival, Belarus, 2nd European Spiritual Film Festival.
Loyola Productions Munich GmbH stands in the long tradition of Jesuit work and enterprises in the field of education and media.


Color, 73 Minutes, English, NTSC 16:9
© 2009 Loyola Productions Munich GmbH. Distributed in the US by Hope Media Productions.

Special Features: Trailers, Additional Scenes, Director’s and Producer’s Commentary, Interviews, 58 min. classroom version.

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