Documentary video films DVD Christian culture of the Middle East Greece Russia
Copyright © Club “Stairs for Soul” Ltd
Author and Producer of films - Tatiana Andrienko, art historian.
Club of Russian Spiritual Culture “Stairs for Soul” Ltd was founded in 1992.
The films was shot from 1994 till 2000 in the countries of the Middle East and Greece, in Russia.
We made movies with the aim of promotion information about Christian culture, for the most part of orthodox christianity.
The Club General Manager and author of the movies Тatiana Andrienko is a Russian orthodox believer, a musician and art historian by education.
She did scientific research and was the author and producer of about 30 educational films for Russian Television and the Club. They were made by TV camera Betacam SP and showed by the First channel and the Culture channel of Russian TV. The Club sells these documentary films on DVD disks.
Also the Club sells the licenses to broadcast and to issue DVD disks.
A short description of the films
History and architecture of Churches, Monasteries, The sacred visiting-placers, venerable icons , wall-painting of ancient and modern time. Interview with monks, art historians. Church service, religious rites. Beautiful landscapes.The tone of the films is unaffected and simple. Its purpose is to benefit the soul and intellect of a person who has no time for study in detail. Bu our opinion, modern man has a great need for a spirit of simplicity and evangelical innocence.
The films can be translated into English and over languages for the sake of the foreigners.
The text in Russian is accompanied by varied music (classical, church chants, folk music).
AROUND NHE HOLY LAND OF PALESTINE (1994-1995)
Part 1. From Nazareth to Bethlehem – 18 min
Part 2. Jordan River, Tiberius Lake - 22 min
Part 3. Jerusalem - 20 min
Part 4. Russian Churches and buildings in Palestine – 20 min
It's an orthodox pilgrimage around the Holy Land with the history
of the main holy places of orthodoxy in the Holy Land in 15th - 19 th
century. Our country built churches, decorated them with beautiful
icons and presented precious things for alters. The churches and other
buildings built by Russia are usually called now. “The Russian
Palestine”. Russia also helped the Patriarch of Jerusalem and donated
much for greek churches in the Holy land.
The text of our films
in accompanied by greek russian chants and folk melodies. You can see
the Divine Liturgy in the Holy Sepulcher Church at night.
ORTHODOX GREECE (1996)
Part 1. Churches and monasteries in Athens – 23 min
Part 2. Pendeli Monastery, Old Corinth, The Monastery of Mega Spelaion
(The Great Cave), The Great Lavra in Kalavrita – 23 min
Part 3. The monastery of Hosiers Lucas, Russian House and
Russian Church in Athens - 32 min
Owing to the sermon of the Apostles Greece became a center of early christianity.
the 4 th century, it was a part of Byzantine empire where Russia
borrowed the Orthodox creed from. Ever since Greece and Russia gas been
connected with the strong thread of spiritual relationship.
films are about history, sacred visiting – places, architecture and
interior of old and modern churches and monasteries in Greece.
Divine Liturgy on the Eeaster in the main cathedral in Athens.
Progressive role of Russia in the winning of independence by Greece.
The text is accompanied by Byzantine and Greek church chants.
CHRISTIAN EGYPT (1997)Part 1. Monastery of St. Antony the Great – 15 minPart 2. Monastery of St. Paul the Theban - 11 minPart 3. Old Cairo - 13 minPart 4. Flight to Egypt - 17 minPart 5. Desert of Scetis (Monastery of the Romans,Monastery of St. Macarius the Creat) - 18 minPart 6. Desert of Scetis (Monastery of St. Bishoi,Monastery of the Syrians) - 15 min
Christianity in Egypt trace back to the Flight of the Holy Family.
They lived there for three and a half years and since that time Egypt
has been called the Second Hole Land.
Monasticism has been an
invaluable gift of Egypt to Christendom. In the Egyptian deserts in
IV-VI century orthodox askets appeared and for the first time in the
world monasteries arose.
The films are about old christian coptic
churches and monasteries of Egypt, which have preserved till present
time. C0ptic church service has specific particularities it is
accompanied by small bells with fantastic soft sound. Arabic and
authentic coptic music sound in the film.
SINAY. MONASTERY OF ST. CATHERINE (1998-1999) – 50 min.
Mount Sinai is one of the most attractive spiritual oasises in the
world. There is place, where God gave the Law to St. Moses the Godseer.
And it became a code of all-human morality. There is the place, where
the Mother of God appeared in the bush, that burnt with fire and was not
There is a monastery on this point – the Monastery of St.
Catherine (VI century) that is spiritually and historically connected
with Russia. Church service with Russian priest.
greek icons, manuscripts, liturgical objects, the Burning Bush, scalps
in charnel-house ( church of St. Timophy).
Architecture of old church and belfry, some severe landscapes “as on the Moon” without any verdure.
CHRISTIAN LEBANON (1999) – 30 min.
One of the most ancient churches in Lebanon, which history trace back
to the first centuries of christianity is the Church of Our Lady near
Smar Jebail. Lt is situated near the large old church of Mar Nohra – the
actual burial place of the peculiarly Lebanese saint of that name.
most venerated saint in Lebanon is St. George. There was a lake near
Beirut where St. George made his greatest miracle – he killed the Dragon
and saved princess's life. St. George's Church of Maronite in Tabarja
is a 500 – year – old structure. There is the hoof – print of St.
George's horse at the foot of the Church.
Balamand Monastery was
built by the Cisterian monks in 1157 A.D in existing Byzantine runs
after the failure of the second crusade. Then Greek Orthodox monks took
possession of the monastery. F center of radiance for the Orthodox Faith
for four centuries, the Monastery acquired a great number of icons,
manuscripts and liturgical objects.
The text is accompanied by arabic Christmas Hymns, greek liturgical chants.
ORTHODOXY IN SYRIA (1999) - 45 min.
Antiochian Church has the third place among the other Orthodox Churches
in the world. The followers of Christ began to call yourself christians
for the first time in Antiochia. Now the Residence of Antiochian
Patriarch is situated in Damascus.
A street which was called
“straight” is mentioned in the Gospels in connection with Paul's
miraculous cure from blindness. Lt is pr served in Damascus. The
Anany's Church, one of the yearliest christian churches in the world, is
situated at the end of the “straight” street.
There are two big
orthodox monasteries near Damascus. The Virgin's monastery possesses
the miraculous small icon of the Virgin painted by St. Luke the
Evangelist. Church service in the monastery.
The St. Fiokla's
monastery is the only place in the world where people are speaking the
language that Christ spoke (it is a dialect of Syrian). The tomb of St.
Fiokla is a saint place for pilgrims.
The text is accompanied by Syrian folk songs and instrumental music, antiochian chants.