The recently-released film Hacksaw Ridge has garnered much praise from Anabaptists and other pacifists who appreciate the rare positive portrayal of a conscientious objector. The film recounts the real experiences of Desmond Doss — a Seventh-day Adventist conscientious objector in World War II.
Melodie Davis offers her thoughts after seeing the movie. In multiple ways, both she and her husband were able to identify with the characters and were moved by the emotion expressed throughout the film. Davis also appreciates the honest portrayal of the type of shaming and ridicule that conscientious objectors often endured in those times. Her father was a conscientious objector during World War II as well. Overall, Davis was reminded by the film of the beautiful possibility of peacemaking even in the midst of war.
“Desmond was the living example of ‘what would happen if everyone refused to kill another even in war.’ There wouldn’t be war. Of course, we feel that is idealistic, unrealistic, and totally not going to happen in our lifetime, given the state of conflicts around the world. But still, it makes me wonder.”