Cross or Sword? second edition, 2023

The film is actual now as never. Two great symbols in the human history — the Cross and the sword meet. The Cross does not stop wars but in the end, often against our will, it brings you to salvation. Basing on unique and unknown video archives, the film depicts how after each blood-full war people literally turn to the Cross.

The Aachen cross was made in 1946 and even now pilgrims carry this 150-kg cross along the German cities. The Coventry Cross in England, although compiled from two burnt black ugly pieces of wood, became a symbol of reconciliation. Totally unknown is the pilgrimage of crosses of 1946 in French town of Vezelay…. Then all nations, winners and victims, having realized that they were to live in Europe ruined by war, made this pilgrimage of penance bringing wooden crosses to the ancient cathedral. In 1946 Europe could be united as a Christian continent, totally different to what happened later, 20 years after.

In the «Cross or Sword?» docu-drama, for the first time the stories of Wolfgang Borchert, classic of German literature and the top person of expressionism, were televised. A German soldier of the II World War as any human, follows his way to the Cross.