Algeria in the 90s was in the midst of a gruesome and protracted civil war between the government — which declared martial law after annulling elections it appeared to have lost — and Islamist insurgency. The country foundered in a state of terror, with beheadings, throat-slashings and large-scale massacres were an almost daily feature of life. Trappist monks living amidst the Muslim community, the perceived enemy, need to decide whether to leave or stay in light of the events.
These grim circumstances provide the setting for the award-earning movie, Of Gods and Men. Read more of the review here.