Free Film Resource for Holy Week

Rochester Arts in Mission working with Cross-Sparks and Silk Purse Films has created a 16 minute film called In the Shadow of the Cross.  It a collection of four stories from the point of view of Mary, the Mother of Jesus, a Roman soldier, Mary Magdalene and the High Priest, Caiaphas. Written and directed by Revd Mandy Carr, this film is an opportunity to think about what the crucifixion meant to each of them.

Helen Cheales, playing Mary in The Mother’s Tale gives a sense of the grief at the loss of a child and it is in stark contrast to the matter-of-fact account given by Matthew Carr’s soldier in The Executioner’s Tale.  Molly Mills plays Mary Magdalene, struggling with grief and anger at what the loss means to her as a follower in The Disciple’s Tale and the stories end with the political expediency expressed by Neill McKenzie playing Caiaphas, in The High Priest’s Tale.

The film is offered free as a resource to download for schools and churches for Holy Week.

For more information on the films, some discussion questions, and links to more films, click on

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