The Way BackAt last a contemporary film about the Communist persecution.
Full marks to Director Peter Weir for the superb research and direction of this account of prisoners of conscience escaping from a Siberian labour camp to journey on foot through the Siberian forest, across the Mongolian desert, over the Himalayas to India.
Superbly understated, my favorite scene is when they find a Mongolian Buddhist monastery and debate the possible pros and cons of entering it. Finally they do enter, only to find it trashed, the monks buried in a shallow mass grave. One of the escapees mentions how they did the same thing to his church in Latvia, and murdered a 5 year old boy they found inside.
20 million Christians lost their lives in the Communist persecution.
It is so important to remember and honor them.