Maria Skobtsova Film – Update!

After more than three years in the works, the film, “Love to the End” is available for viewing! This 50-minute documentary, developed by students at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Massachusetts,  tells the story of Mother Maria Skobtsova of Paris, a Russian refugee in France famous for her radical approach to care for the poor, and her death in a Nazi concentration camp. Learn more about the film’s release in this news story about the premier, with filmmaker Anberin Pasha.

“Anberin’s film is a documentary about Mother Maria of Paris and her powerful influence on three contemporary American women. Mother Maria, born Elizaveta Pilenko in 1891 to an aristocratic Russian family, was an intellectual of no religious faith until personal tragedy and upheaval during the Russian Revolution led her to a radically different life and perspective on it in Paris. She fully embraced the Orthodox Faith and became a nun, feeding and housing homeless Russian refugees with the help of her son Yuri and Fr. Dimitri Klepinin. When Paris fell to the Nazis, they began rescuing Jews. Ultimately, all three were arrested by the Gestapo and sent to concentration camps, where they perished. They were canonized in 2004.” [news story excerpt]

The film continues to screen at parishes in the U.S., Canada and Australia.


Click below for additional thoughts by writer and activist, Jim Forest, and filmmaker, Anberin Pasha:

Learn more about Mother Maria in this article by Jim Forest here.
View his album of images for Maria Skobtsova here.


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