God Exists, and Her Name is Petrunya

Beginning on Tuesday, September 21, Cinema Art Bethesda will stream the Macedonian film, God Exists, and Her Name is Petrunya. The stream will be available until noon Sunday, September 26. There will be an $8.00 charge to watch the film. At noon on that Sunday, there will be a post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector via Zoom.

The film is 100 minutes long and in Macedonian with English subtitles. It was released in 2019 (2021 in the US) and won eight awards including the Guild Film Prize and the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 2019 Berlin International Film Festival.


In Stip, a small town in Macedonia, every January the local priest throws a wooden cross into the river and hundreds of men dive after it. Good fortune and prosperity are guaranteed to the man who retrieves it. This time, Petrunya dives into the water on a whim and manages to grab the cross before the others. Her competitors are furious – how dare a woman take part in their ritual? All hell breaks loose, but Petrunya holds her ground. She won her cross and will not give it up.

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Viewing the Film

There is an $8 charge to view the film and it can be pre-ordered.

To view the film:

Click the following link (or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar)


Follow the directions to sign in or sign up and pay for the film. You should not need a password. The film will be available to view starting Tuesday, September 21.

Film Discussion

A post-film discussion moderated by Adam Spector will take place via Zoom at noon Sunday, September 26. To join the Zoom meeting on your computer, click the following link or copy and paste it into your browser’s address bar.


If you are asked for a Meeting ID, use: 893 6711 1499
If you are asked for a Passcode, use: 994610

To join by phone dial by your location:

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Meeting ID: 893 6711 1499
Passcode: 994610

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