When a story remains untold, a lot of sacrifices vanish in thin air. Not many seek these stories to revive them. Hidden Rebellion stands out for unearthing a chapter of the French Revolution few will know. Blessed by a Bishop of France, it will be a great story of faith and martyrs.
The About page on Hidden Rebellion’s official website tells of an epic history:
An 18th Century popular and Catholic uprising against the French Revolution is brutally suppressed by the Revolutionary armies. Priests and nuns are drowned, hung and thrown to an angry mob. A prayerful, peaceful region of France defends its clergy, resists the higher taxes and refuses to wage war.
Victorious at first, the Vendeans are later defeated in a 150,000 person extermination that includes the slaying of women and children so that “the race does not persist” and the world looks on as a quarter of the population vanishes.
The destruction of the population in the Vendee region was a goal of the French Revolutionary forces and raises a number of important issues related to religious liberty and political tyranny that are even more relevant and timely in light of today’s geo-political climate.
I asked the film producer, Daniel Rabourdin, why they decided to start on this project and what effect they hoped it would have. His answer was thorough and shows incredible dedication. I hope you’ll take the time to spread word about this project and donate, but if you can’t give money, please send up a prayer.
Why did I start this crazy, risky production called The Hidden Rebellion? Why do I desperately ask for your help in a little donation? I’m a fool, preferring to take a risk and produce something good–preferring it to a comfortable job.
Four years ago, I found an old comic book in my family basement in France. It was about the adventure of a Vendéan boy who succeeded to steal a canon from the soldiers of the French Revolution with his friends.
I had just finished a docudrama on Saint Joan of Arc so I was all about action filming. Plus, this story based on true events had all that I could wish for as a film writer. There was injustice, there was a David versus Goliath situation, there was a story that our cultural elites had tried to hide for several centuries.
Those same elites tried during my teenage years to extirpate faith from my soul. How did they dare use their authority as adults and teachers to do a job nobody asked them to? This was child abuse, spiritual abuse.
Initially, the farmers of Vendée (living a bit south of Normandy) had nothing against the French Revolution. They even bought government bonds more than any other region of France. But then they went through one injustice after another, those injustices bloody and scary.
Their priests had to swear obedience to the State. If they refused, there were rounded up and deported–even old priests! Ships on the high sea would dump them in the waters. City people would buy the goods of the Church. The government appointed employees to lead parishes in place of their priests.
The Revolutionaries had one goal: To build up a new man, even if it meant using violence. The people had to be freed of the old man…by force.
Pretty soon, Robespierre invented a religion with Reason as their goddess. He was the high priest. People in the streets had to call each other citizens for fear of being arrested. Many words they used to say became “mined” and dangerous.
Does it all sound familiar?
Then the sons of France where forced to wage war on the rest of Europe to spread those Revolutionary ideas. The calamities would go with an unsurprising tag: Higher taxes. All the utopian plans had to be paid for…
In many ways the mounting oppression that believers suffer in France and America resemble those of the French Revolution. They are just tiny in comparison, but are of the same nature: The State knows what is better for us, and will force us to be happier.
This is the last great reason for my production: To tell the Social Engineers that playing with society in the past has ended in horrible disasters. They should be aware of this.
After living in America for 25 years, it became easier for me to realize the atheistic abuses of France. I was not mocked here, threatened or put apart when my Christian faith was known. Once upon a time in America, I tasted more religious freedom. The recent and final motivator to produce Hidden Rebellion was seeing the arrogance of atheistic “elites” who pretend that all evil came from religious or ethnic pride. They imply that social nightmares never came from intellectual atheistic utopias.
They work on making us forget the Nazis, the Soviets, or China. The atheistic Nazis, whose name comes from National-Socialism, are estimated to have been the cause of 40 million deaths directly or indirectly. The atheistic Communists in Russia are estimated to have caused around 20 million deaths. Then their catastrophic utopia spread to China (65 million), Cambodia (2 million), Vietnam (1 million), Latin America (150 000) etc.
And guess what? One of the first social magicians was Lenin, who called the Volga where he drowned his Russian peasants, his Petite Loire River. The Loire River was were the French Revolutionaries drowned their priests and Véndean farmers…
Atheist ideas can become very fascistic ideologies, causing misery on earth. They’re not the only ones to cause miseries, but are quite good at it too.
Then again, those “elites” are maybe repeating the same calumnies about faith so much that they forget the historical truth.
So here we are with our production Hidden Rebellion, left with little help because we are not politically correct. However, with the Internet we can reach many who read us–and they can change things.
It is called a grassroots movement, and we are many–you and I, all those reading this post. We are many. Small donations from many people can benefit productions we agree with. So if you like what you’ve read, if you discover on our official page that you love it, please help us send to the media landscape a fascinating docudrama on the brave Vendéans.
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