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"South of Russia and between the Black and Caspian Seas sits
the mountainous country of Georgia. Located in the Caucasus,
one of the most linguistically and culturally diverse regions on
earth; Georgia has historically been a crossroads between east
In central Georgia's Imereti region about 7 miles from the
mining town of Chiatura there is an imposing one hundred
thirty foot rock outcrop called Katskhi Pillar that has been
venerated since ancient times. With the arrival of Christianity
in the 4th century, it became a place of seclusion and asceticism.
Stylites used Katskhi for their devotions until the 15th century.
Father Maxim, a native of Chiatura has wanted to live atop the
Katskhi pillar as a Stylite since childhood. With the help of local
villagers and money from donors throughout Georgia he is
rebuilding the church and hermitage. Once finished, he hopes to
become the first Stylite on the Katskhi rock column in six hundred
The Stylite: a matter of faith is an experimental documentary in
which Father Maxim's story and that of an unknown traveler
compelled to leave the city for the pillar will overlay one another
like an ancient palimpsest. Reality and fiction will entwine to create
a film documenting our often braided interiority. The human
condition: the doubt, the mystery, and the hope will be experienced
through the eyes of the traveler while Father Maxim's act will, much
like it did six hundred years ago, inspire, baffle, and confound."
From the website.