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Directing Man of God—Yelena Popovic

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James and Thomas interview Yelena Popovic, writer and director of the new film Man of God, about the Greek Orthodox saint Nektarios of Aegina. Man of God will be in select theaters in the U.S. on March 21 and 28.

At 17, Yelena left Belgrade, Yugoslavia to escape civil war. She went to Italy and then the US, working as a model in New York City, and then to L.A., where she gained experience and training as an actress, writer and director.

Parallel to this artistic journey was a spiritual one stemming from her lifelong sense of connection with God despite lack of religious education, which ultimately led her to make a film about St. Nektarios.

In this interview Yelena tells her personal story, the story of St. Nektarios, and the extraordinary story of how this film was made—with an outstanding cast and composer secured for her with the help of the monks of Mt. Athos!


Find a showing of Man of God near you

Interview with Mickey Rourke about his faith and working on Man of God

Our previous review of Man of God

Music is The Duskwhales, “Take It Back”, used with permission.

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  • Posted by: mesley8423 - Mar. 23, 2022 5:16 AM ET USA

    I really enjoyed your interview with Yelena and it was very interesting to hear about her own journey of faith ... I hope that we also get to see the film here in the UK fairly soon. As a Greek Catholic (Melkite) is wonderful to me to see an appreciation for a Eastern Orthodox Saint and Orthodox spirituality on a Roman Catholic website. I love St Nektariois' hymn to the Theotokos, Agni Parthene (O Virgin pure, immaculate ...). I would urge your viewers to check out this wonderful composition.