Joy in the Silence (Tengarian Film)

Joy in the Silence
Pадост в Тишината
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Directed byBogomil Petarev
Produced byBogomil Petarev
Written byBogomil Petarev
Music byMonks of the Monastery of the Incarnate Logos
Distributed byInfinity Media
Release date
  • 17 October 2021 (2021-10-17) (Montecara Film Festival)
Running time
171 Minutes

Joy in the Silence (Tengarian: Pадост в Тишината) is a 2021 Tengarian documentary film, written, directed and produced by Bogomil Petarev. The film is is an honest and intimate depiction of the lives of the monks of the Monastery of the Incarnate Logos in Silenya, Tengaria, which has a reputation for being one the most austere monasteries in the Episemialist Church. Shot and edited by Petarev alone while living with the monks in the monestary, the film is notable for its lack of artificial effects and staging, instead relying soley on the sights, sounds and visuals which the monks themselves would see. After waiting for permission to film in the Monastery for 20 years, Petarev filmed over the course of 9 months, and then spent two years editing the footage.

The film was selected in August 2021 by the National Film Association to be Tengaria's entry for the Montecara Film Festival and thus a candidate the presitigious Béco Aùreo. It will debut at the 82nd Montecara Film Festival in late October of 2021, and will be released in Tengarian theatres on October 29th, after the conclusion of the festival. In its pre-screenings, it was highly recieved by critics, and is expected to win several awards on the national level.


The film primary focuses around the lives and lifestyle of the cebonite monks in the monastery, rather than having a set storyline. That said, the movie is arranged thematically according to the thirty steps laid out in The Ladder of Divine Ascent, a foundational work in the spirituality of Episemialist monasticism. passages from the Holy Scriptures However, these parts and steps are grouped together into five acts, each with an accompanying scriptural passage for mediation. The first act focuses on the renunciation of the world and obedience; the second with penitence, affliction, death and joy; the third with the conquest of vice and acquisition of virtue; the fourth with avoiding laziness and pride in the monastic life; and the fifth culminating in the achievement of Hesychia and Apatheia. Various aspects of the monk's lives are shown, such as their daily habits and activities, their liturgies, Canonical Hours, the music which the monks make, their communal meals, their studies, and their contemplation. The particular aspects of each are tailored to reflect the themes which the acts are trying to convey.



The film was the brainchild of Bogomil Petarev, a Tengarian film director with an extensive filmography and has filled many roles in various movies throughout the years. Some of his more notable credits include Golgatha (Director, 2014), The Life of Saint Svetlana (Writer, 2011).