Moses The Black-The Motion Picture, is in development as a feature-length, dramatic, motion picture, designed for theatrical release. The project is being produced by Rocky Top Pictures, an Independent film company in Lascassas, Tennessee, USA. The original screenplay was written by Rocky Top Pictures' Executive Producer, Nathan Lee Lewis, and is the first in a series of Rocky Top Pictures feature films based on the lives of the Orthodox Christian saints. Investment and project participation is welcomed at all levels.
Moses The Black is one of the most venerated of the Orthodox Christian saints. Also known as Moses The Strong, and Moses The Ethiopian, this African man of imposing physical stature, was born a slave in Egypt in 332 A.D. Having been driven out for thievery and other crimes, by the government official who owned him, Moses became the leader of a group of 75 outlaws who terrorized, murdered, and pillaged the countryside. Through divine intervention, this notorious criminal was introduced to the monks of Wadi-El-Natroun near Cairo, Egypt and repented. After many years of spiritual struggle, discipline, and ascetic living, Moses The Black became the Abba (Father) of over 500 monks of the monastery. He was martyred at the age of 75 when his monastery was attacked by a group of barbarians. Knowing that the barbarians were coming, Moses refused to leave and peacefully awaited his death exclaiming, "Behold, so many years I have been awaiting this day to fulfill the words of the Lord: 'for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword', and now, why escape and lose the crown?"
Troparion For Saint Moses
You made the wilderness your dwelling, O our
Father Moses, the Bearer of God; you became
an angel in the flesh and a wonderworker.
Through fasts, vigils, and prayers, you obtained
from God special graces to heal the sick and
sanctify the souls of those who come to you with
trust. Glory to the one who gave you strength!
Glory to the one who crowned you! Glory to the
one who, through your intercession, grants
healing to all!