Filmmaker Daniel Rabourdin delivers a cinematic tour de force with “The Hidden Rebellion”.
Set ten years after the American Revolution in the idyllic French countryside of the Vendee, “The Hidden Rebellion” combines insightful documentary with richly dramatic scenes of battle, resistance, and love as the storm clouds of the French Revolution gather.
At first, this peaceful region of France welcomes the French Revolution’s projects of reforms. But when the reforms are replaced by a profound change of the nation’s identity, the Vendéans start to defend their clergy, resist the higher taxes and refuse to wage ideological wars beyond the borders.
Victorious in early battles, the Vendéans are later defeated militarily. What follows is a 150,000-person extermination of the civilians that includes the slaying of women and children so that “the race does not persist”. Priests and nuns are drowned, hung and thrown to an angry mob.
The destruction of the population in the Vendee region is a documented goal of the French Revolutionary forces and raises important questions related to freedom of conscience, political tyranny, and religious persecution that are highly relevant considering today’s geo-political climate.
“The Hidden Rebellion” presents a searing examination of the events and, even more importantly, of the ideas surrounding one of history’s most chilling instances of genocide.
A powerful and important warning to the world in this time of increasing intolerance toward faith and family, “The Hidden Rebellion” tells the story of simple, faithful people who “gave up the world…for heaven.”