Films about Druids are hard to come by, and good ones even more so. When Philip Carr-Gomm posted on his blog about a new film focusing on the lives of three French Druids, I simply had to check it out, and I’m so glad I did.
Druides – neo, as the film is charmingly called, is both engagingly told and beautifully shot, making the absolute most of the breathtaking French mountains, forests and coasts. The three Druids featured show a wonderful combination of Druidic wisdom and down-to-earth practicality. The film doesn’t go into a tedious recap of ancient Celtic history, but rather shows (not just tells) us what being a Druid is like today. As Philip writes:
“with spectacular photography and intimate conversations, manage to convey what it FEELS like to be a Druid – open to the beauties of Nature and the whisperings of Awen”.
It was interesting to see Druidry from a French perspective as well, rather than the UK/US dominance we so often see in the media and in the Pagan community. Thankfully, the “English version” of the film which I rented was in French, with English subtitles. While I can get by in French, I was glad of the subtitles at times, but hearing the original language even if you don’t understand it allows you to get a sense of the emotion, the spirit of what is being said, whether in reverence, humour, joy or sorrow.
Arguably, it’s easy to be a Druid in the spectacular scenery of the French countryside, with nature all around, and I would love to see a follow up film looking at Druids in more urban environments, but that’s such a minor complaint really.
What Druides – neo does is act like a visual meditation, with panoramic shots of nature’s beauty interwoven with the stories and lives of real Druids just living their Druidry, and for that alone it’s wonderful. It definitely inspired me for my own Druidry at least.
The film is for rent or to buy on Vimeo, and you can see the trailer here: