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by Erik Praus


The Holy Dormition Pochayiv Lavra is a mystical place. Here, three monks were freed from the trauma they had suffered in the past; this is where they fi nd inner peace and a sense of purpose to life. Their stories are metaphors of transformation, enlightenment and spiritualisation against the backdrop of the raw Ukrainian reality. The spiritual and material poverty and despair found in the world create a strong socio-anthropological conflict. The film observes the life of the monks respectfully but also shows the ostentatious beauty of the monastery. People should focus on their soul to discover and comprehend the meaning of the things that are significant for life. Spiritual life is not a privilege accorded to the chosen devout, but is in the potential of every human being. There is always an opportunity for transformation, a new beginning.

international title: The Calling
original title: Volanie
country: Slovakia
year: 2019
genre: documentary
directed by: Erik Praus
film run: 80'
screenplay: Erik Praus
cinematography by: Erik Praus
film editing: Erik Praus
music: David Kollar
producer: Peter Neveďal
production: Filmpark production s.r.o., Rozhlas a televízia Slovenska - Radio and Television Slovakia
backing: Audiovizuálny fond (SK)
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