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With such a restrained hand you have successfully allowed the viewer to be completely drawn into this secret world. Above all else, your passion for this subject matter came through not just from your footage, but also your proficient treatment.
— Artist Programs and Documentary Programming, Tribeca Film Institute

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Illinois Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.


This program is partially supported by a grant
from the Rockford Area Arts Council, which receives support from the City of Rockford, the Illinois Arts Council Agency and its members.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Community Arts and Humanities Grant Program of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois.

Sister Amataʼs voice is riveting, always a mix of calm and excitement, measured tones with ripples of wonder. This I think is the aural centre to the world depicted as captured through her psychological/ spiritual lens. The raw purity of the sound enhances the act of self-revelation/self-inquiry Sister Amata presents to us.
— Philip Brophy, filmmaker and artist

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