Inspiring true story follows the epic life of Father Damien (Wenham), a legendary Belgian priest who dedicated his life (quite literally) to the care and spiritual guidance of a doomed Hawaiian leper colony during the late 1800s. Faced with appallingly daunting conditions–symptoms ignored, food stolen from the sick, the weak forced into slavery, diseased girls forced into prostitution–the priest supported himself through his sense of justice and his unwavering faith. A counterpart of other beneficent luminaries such as Mother Theresa and Gandhi, Damien`s story speaks of the triumph of the human and the indomitable force of one man`s will to do what is morally and spiritually right in a beautiful, alien world. Spectacular scenery and panoramic Hawaiian vistas add a particularly aesthetic pleasure to the story. (Description by Movie Roulette)
Runtime: 1 hr 53 min
Cast: Keanu Kapuni-Szasz, David Wenham, Jan Kleinejan
Director: Paul Cox
Writer: John Briley, Hilde Eynikel
2 thoughts to “Molokai (1999)”
A wonderful movie about how Leprosy was treated and feared as recently as the 19th century. Excellent faith-based movie. Father Damien models Christlike behavior.
What a great example of Christlike love. Father Damien gave his life for his fellow man and showed what true love is to those who others feared and shunned.