Notre Dame News | November 1, 2016
Christian communities around the world face marginalization, imprisonment, torture and even death on a massive scale. Advocacy group Open Doors USA has reported that more than 7,100 Christians were killed for their faith in 2015 alone, making it the deadliest year for Christians in modern history. A new documentary from the University of Notre Dame and the Religious Freedom Institute looks in-depth at how these communities respond.
Titled “Under Caesar’s Sword,” the 26-minute film chronicles the experiences of Christian communities in Turkey, India and other countries where their religious freedom is violated. The film features interviews with Christian families, refugees and leaders from these regions as well as the insight of scholars who have studied Christians’ response to their suffering. It highlights the creative strategies Christians employ as they struggle to survive, build alliances and resist their persecutors.