Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson
Directed by Martin Scorsese
How far would you go to prove your faith?
In 17th century Japan, Catholics were persecuted for their belief in God and so many went into hiding. Two Jesuit priests from Portugal ask permission to travel to this dangerous country to seek out Father Ferreira (Neeson) who has been missing in Japan for years, and they believe to be in hiding.
What the two priests find in Japan are small communities of people who are willing to risk their lives in order to receive communion and attend mass in the dark. If found out, Japanese officials give citizens a chance to renounce Jesus or be crucified. But what is worse, priests have been outlawed from visiting Japan so the cost of being discovered is even greater.
I saw this movie sometime near the end of January of this year and it is one that has stayed with me. It’s a truly moving film about fighting for one’s faith and even dying for what you believe in. During the course of the film, as the two priests were hidden and protected by Japanese Catholics, you see how they are revered by the villagers. They wish to be forgiven for their sins and to break bread as they have been taught. Even the few villagers who are caught and tortured leave their mark on audiences because it begs to question, would you die for your God?
Silence moves at a slow, grueling pace but the story is so captivating. As someone who has never heard of this specific trouble in Japan, it was horrendous to watch the ways government officials would torture Catholics. While a religious film, I don’t think it’s meant to make converts out of the audiences. However, I do think it makes anyone with a bit of religious temperament to reflect deeply about how they have been treating their faith lately.
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