You can order the full DVD through: [email protected], tel: 0039 02 36695847 Patriarch Tikhon anathematized the Bolsheviks but did not bless the "White Movement" in a tentative attempt to safeguard the religious and spiritual dimension of Russia, and agreed to the dialogue of the Orthodox Church with Catholics. The film describes his life from his missionary activity in America to his canonization after the fall of the U.S.S.R. The film tells us about the early stages of Patriarch Tikhon's life, his seminary time, his episcopate in Poland and Alaska, his return to Russia and election to the Patriarchate, the persecution of the Church during and after the Revolution of 1917 and the hardships Tikhon had to endure under Soviet power, and finally about his house-arrest and martyrlike death. The unusual richness of the historic sequences in this film give it a very special artistic character. Rare shootings derived from the early era of cinematic photography are combined with original photographs and classic newsreel material.