New to VOD this week: RADICAL GRACE
Rebecca Parrish’s profile of social justice activist nuns debuted at Hot Docs last year. Additional screenings followed at AFI Docs, Chicago, Denver, Athena, Ebertfest, Martha’s Vineyard, and Virginia, among other events. It now comes to iTunes, and expands to Vudu and Google Play next week.
Drawn to address injustice and promote equality, three Roman Catholic nuns find themselves facing censure from the Vatican for what’s viewed as their radical feminism. Over the course of several years, Parrish follows these women as they fearlessly risk their standing in the church to follow their conscience, refusing to bow to pressure as they continue their work, from counseling former prisoners to organizing cross-country Nuns on the Bus tours to support the Affordable Care Act, all against the backdrop of a time of change in Catholic leadership, as Pope Benedict XVI surprisingly resigns and is replaced by the progressive Pope Francis. While conventional in approach, the crowdpleasing film features immediately likeable protagonists, refreshingly positive religious role models who don’t come off as preachy.