Cinequest's closing night films have always sought to challenge, entertain and sometimes even push the limits. Unlike any story you have heard before, the story of Desmond T. Doss is one of the year's most personal stories - a story of faith, heroism and bravery.
Doss seemed an unlikely candidate for a Medal of Honor. A devout member of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, Doss sought to keep true to his religious beliefs despite his position in the 77th Infantry Division during World War II. Refusing to take up arms, Doss resolved not to kill but instead save lives as a medic. His determination to honor the Sabbath and spend Saturday in prayer was met with hostility. Disgusted, many were hell bent against having Doss on the battlefield. So devoted to saving the lives of wounded soldiers - including many of those who ridiculed him, Doss displayed almost super-human strength and bravery behind enemy lines without ever using a weapon. Hollywood has wanted to tell this story for over fifty years, but it was filmmaker Terry Benedict who finally gained Doss' trust. The Conscientious Objector provides a riveting and unforgettable portrait of a man who held true to his beliefs, in the face of intolerance, to become a hero.
Following the screening and awards ceremony, join Cinequest, filmmakers and special guests for a Closing Night Gala extravaganza in San Pedro Square hosted by Blake's Steakhouse and O'Flaherty's Irish Pub. Mingle with other film lovers and enjoy an assortment of food, drinks and music at each venue.