Ora Et LaboraDirected by Jena Burchick, Mark Burchick
What does it mean to follow one’s calling into an abbey and a brewery? Inspired by the growth of the American craft beer movement, a group of Catholic monks in Spencer, Massachusetts produces America’s first “Trappist-certified” beer, a historically European tradition that offers an opportunity for the community to preserve their unique way of life. “Ora et labora” is Latin for “work and prayer,” and is the motto of the Christian monastic life.
From beer-making monks to visually-impaired bowlers, the characters in this collection of documentary short films put their creatively spirited souls on full display.