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“Slay the Dragon” (Magnolia)

This is a scene from the movie "Slay The Dragon." The Catholic News Service classification is A-III -- adults. (CNS/Magnolia Pictures)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted but distinctly partisan documentary examining the impact of gerrymandering on American politics. Filmmakers Barak Goodman and Chris Durrance use the struggle of a Michigan group called Voters Not Politicians, founded by political novice Katie Fahey, to end the practice in that state as the starting point for a wide-ranging exploration […]

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“Emanuel” (Arbella)

This is a scene from the documentary "Emanuel." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Fathom Events)

By Catholic News Service Chronicling the events of June 17, 2015, when a gunman opened fire during a Bible study being conducted at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina, this moving documentary celebrates the lives of the victims as well as the love and forgiveness demonstrated by the survivors and family […]

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Documentary shows how her last-minute decision for life impacted many others

Melissa Coles, keynote speaker at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally on Jan. 24 in Peoria, speaks with Ken Goins, president of Central Illinois Right to Life, following the annual event. Coles' last-minute decision not to abort and later place her son for adoption is the focus of the documentary "I Lived on Parker Avenue." (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

“How can I help?” Melissa Coles’ presentation at the Sanctity of Human Life Rally in Peoria on Jan. 24 had been memorable for many reasons. But the Indiana woman, whose last-minute choice 25 years ago not to abort her unborn child is the focus of a half-hour documentary, wanted her audience to leave Riverside Community […]

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At screening, documentary’s creators foresee a ‘natural’ sexual revolution

Alana Newman and Daniel diSilva share a light moment with the audience prior to the Sept. 22 screening of their new documentary "Sexual Revolution: 50 Years Since Humanae Vitae" at Hettinger Hall of St. Jude Parish in Peoria. The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody

The director and narrator of a new documentary screened at a Peoria parish on Sept. 22 believe the sexual revolution that followed the introduction of artificial contraception in the 1960s may soon give way to a new and “real sexual revolution” that embraces natural family planning (NFP). “I believe with all my heart there is […]

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“Pope Francis: A Man of His Word” (Focus)

Pope Francis stars in a scene from the documentary "Pope Francis: A Man of His Word." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Focus)

By Catholic News Service Well-crafted, sometimes moving documentary in which the pontiff largely speaks for himself, touching on a wide variety of topics of interest to believers and nonbelievers alike and setting out his vision for the future of the church. Filmmaker Wim Wenders, who also narrates, uses interviews with the pope as well as […]

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“The Devil and Father Amorth” (The Orchard)

Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth performs an exorcism on Christina in the documentary "The Devil and Father Amorth." (CNS/LD Entertainment)

By Catholic News Service William Friedkin, director of 1973’s “The Exorcist,” helmed and narrates this brief, mostly straightforward documentary about demonic possession. He follows the case of an Italian woman who was ministered to by Pauline Father Gabriele Amorth, chief exorcist of the Diocese of Rome from 1986 until his death in 2016, aged 91. […]

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“Summer in the Forest” (Abramorama)

Jean Vanier, founder of the International Federation of L'Arche Communities, appears in the documentary "Summer in the Forest." The Catholic News Service classification is A-II -- adults and adolescents. (CNS/Abramorama)

By Catholic News Service This gentle documentary, directed by Randall Wright, provides a loving portrait of Canadian Jean Vanier and of L’Arche (the Ark), the network of communities he founded for the developmentally disabled and those who care for them. Through the stories of five residents, the film shows what a blessing L’Arche, with its […]

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Screening of “Outcasts” film inspires viewers to serve those in need locally

Brother Elijah, a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, and Clifford Azize, producer and director, respond to questions after the screening of the new documentary "Outcasts" at St. Jude Parish on Nov. 5. (The Catholic Post/Tom Dermody)

  The screening of a new documentary showing the work of a religious community among destitute and homeless people around the world brought repeated appeals for viewers to “hit the streets” in their own communities to find and serve those in need. “You people know Jesus. That’s why you’re here,” said Brother Elijah, a five-year […]

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Director to be present when Divine Mercy image film is shown in Peoria March 19

A new documentary film exploring “The Original Image of Divine Mercy” will be shown at two Peoria locations, with director Daniel diSilva in attendance and a six-foot replica and Class 3 relic of the image, blessed by Pope Francis, on display during a showing on March 19. The full-length film, which traces diSilva’s yearlong search […]

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