Burning Heart presents a Lauralee Farrer production


Sext, the Prayer of the Recovering Stranger

portrayed by: David P. Frere
director: Lauralee Farrer
principal writer: Jonathan Foster and Lauralee Farrer
principal cinematographer: Abe Martinez, Jordan McMahon

Background: Sext is the name of the noon Hour of prayer in the Benedictine tradition, when the sun is at it zenith, throwing harsh and distinct lines between light and shadow. Sext is the Hour of confrontation between the noonday devil and the angel of intensity when—in a day or in a life—we are faced with choices that shape our futures.

The lead singer of a Belgian chaos band callously leaves his wife and bandmates to pursue an opportunity in the music mecca of Los Angeles. After a brief and disappointing arrival, he finds himself roaming a very un-dreamlike suburb trying to make sense of his alienation as a visitor who speaks only French and who is a practicing Muslim. His isolation is deepened by the shock of learning he has an illness so dire that the cure is nearly as dangerous as the disease. When he collapses from treatment in a filthy gas station bathroom, he is discovered by a passerby who, Samaritan-like, takes him to recuperate at the house of a hospitable friend. There, he meets the Traveling Man—a stranger to him—whose unique perspective on the value of life informs his decision whether to leave his life in the hands of God or end it himself.