"O wilderness, gladdened with God's special presence!
What keeps you in the world, my brother, you who are
above the world?"
In the third century, amid the Roman persecution of
the early Christians, a young man of noble birth,
Paul, from Egypt, was forced to flee into the desert
when betrayed by his envious brother-in-law. Paul.
only I6 years of age at the time, decided to remain for
many decades in the desert, which he made his home.
His discovery of a path of sanctity amind the wild
simplicity of the desert, through prayer, fasting, and
work, became the model for the lives of the first hermits,
who in turn founded the monastic movement.
St. Jerome chronicled Paul's life in a letter, tracing to
him the beginnings of the Christianity's ascetical path.
KINGDOM WITHIN is a narrative project that I DP'd, set in ancient Egypt. We shot it in Sicily, Italy in a NATO base, national forests and ancient caves. We had limited access for gear, so I put together a lighting kit that was versatile, battery powered, but powerful enough to get the job done.