In the last two years over 25,000 young men in Georgia have become priests. But they haven’t found God; they’ve found a loophole to avoid mandatory military service. ‘War and Priest’ follows the Church of Biblical Freedom, formed by ground-breaking political party, Girchi. Armed with it’s own 7 commandments, bishop and uniform, they’re taking on the Georgian Government and patriarchy. Georgian conscription often involves 2 days training followed by menial work and is seen as a contemporary form of slavery. As tensions with Russia rise, protests break out and the brutal reality of untrained conscripts comes true.
Director & Producer: Karin-Bam Stowe
2021 | 18 min
UK | Georgia