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Upcoming

 
 
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CHICAGO: 2 PM Saturday, October 27 
max palevsky cinema · ida noyes hall · university of chicago

Sponsored by The University of Chicago Divinity School
Martin Marty Center for the Public Understanding of Religion

The Seminary Co-op Bookstore will have paperbacks and hardcover copies of Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns (Oxford University Press, 2014)

A Q&A with Director Abbie Reese will follow the screening

Tickets are $7 |   ticketsweb.uchicago.edu

 
 
 

RECENT THEATRICAL SCREENINGS

IRELAND PREMIERE: July 5
Irish Film Institute – Temple Bar, Dublin
Many thanks to Roger Childs, RTÉ Editor of Religious Programmes
for moderating the audience discussion with Director Abbie Reese

NORTHERN IRELAND THEATRICAL PREMIERE: July 1
Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

U.K. SCREENING: June 28
Queen's University Belfast
Dangerous Oral Histories, a joint conference of the Oral History Society and Oral History Network of Ireland

CHICAGO PREMIERE: May 25-31
Gene Siskel Film Center
Many thanks to filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh and UChicago Magazine editor Laura Demanski
for moderating audience discussions with Director Abbie Reese 

ROCKFORD, ILL. PREMIERE: March 18 & April 22
The Nordlof Center
(Both screenings in the 286-seat theater were sold out a week in advance)

You can also watch this 2.5-minute trailer on YouTube at http://bit.ly/ChosenthefilmTrailer

 
 

Programmers' NOTES

"I've watched it twice and honestly - wow. I love it. The style is perfect; the editing maintains pace and the content is very interesting and private without seeming either too observational or too intruding. Heather is a fantastic character and her enthusiasm and self-awareness shine throughout the project."
– Beckie Stocchetti, Executive Director of the Hawaii International Film Festival


"There is a beauty in the personal, handmade quality of this film that made one feel so close to the subject. It felt like we were being told a secret, contemplating the life of those on screen with a muted intensity — almost in a way similar to a prayer."
– Donna Kozloskie, Features Programmer for Citizen Jane Film Festival


"This feature gives a rare insight into the life of such a secluded religious order and one can only appreciate and respect the choice these women make in the search of their destiny and purpose in life."
– Cleveland International Film Festival

 
It was wonderfully startling
to see a film
that is totally woman-based.
— CLEVELAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
(This) window into the world of contemplatives ...
is a one-of-a-kind film —
filling a void previously filled by Hollywood
or perceived as so mysterious that stereotypes fill by default.
— Carol Coburn, PhD and Professor of Religious Studies and Women's and Gender Studies at Avila University

 
 

 
 

AWARDED

• BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM BY SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL

• THIRD PLACE FEATURE FILM by MIRABILE DICTU - INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC FILM ASSOCIATION FESTIVAL in warsaw

• AMBITIOUS FEATURE BY FESTIVAL ANGAELICA

AN OFFICIAL SELECTION AT FESTIVALS ON FOUR CONTINENTS, INCLUDING

• RIGA PASAULES FILM FESTIVAL, LATVIA (EUROPEAN PREMIERE, WORLD PREMIERE)

• THE 45TH EDITION OF ATHENS INTERNATIONAL FILM + VIDEO FESTIVAL (USA PREMIERE)

• GLASGOW FILM FESTIVAL (UK PREMIERE)

• SYDNEY WORLD FILM FESTIVAL (AUSTRALIA PREMIERE)

• LANUS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, ARGENTINA (SOUTH AMERICA PREMIERE)

• THE 31ST ANNUAL PÄRNU INTERNATIONAL DOCUMENTARY AND ANTHROPOLOGY FILM FESTIVAL, ESTONIA

• THE 32ND INTERNATIONAL CATHOLIC FILM AND MULTIMEDIA FESTIVAL, KSF NIEPOKALANA 2017, POLAND

• FESTIVAL ANGAELICA, FORMERLY THE COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, BIG BEAR LAKE, CALIFORNIA

• MEXICO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

 

 

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