CIFF47: PSQ March 22 – April 1, 2023 | Streams April 2 – April 9, 2023


Year: 2016
Country: USA, JAPAN
Language: English, Spanish, Burmese, Japanese, Amharic, Malgasy, Arabic, French, Pashtu, Marathi, Hebrew, more
Run Time: 86 minutes


There is power in prayer. SACRED, an international team effort shot by more than 40 filmmaking crews in 25 countries, captures the religions, rites of passage, and spiritual rituals of our global community. Stories flow fluidly from one corner of the world to the next, illustrating how different cultures celebrate and commemorate three distinct chapters of life: Initiation, Practice, and Passage. On the film’s journey, we meet such people as: a Haitian mother submerging herself in a rushing waterfall while chanting for a healthy pregnancy; a young monk taking a vow of silence at a monastery in Myanmar; Louisiana prisoners finding freedom behind bars; and an elderly Ethiopian man in search of a handful of holy soil before his dying day. SACRED, which is an incredibly moving portrayal of faith at work around the globe, provides a window into the deep-rooted beliefs that allow our society to cope, survive, and thrive. (Various languages with subtitles) —A.B.

CIFF41 Screenings

Thursday, April 06, 2017 at 5:45 PM

Friday, April 07, 2017 at 1:30 PM

Recommended for High School Students +

Nesnadny + Schwartz Portrait Documentary Competition

Thomas Lennon

Thomas Lennon is a director and producer who lives and works in New York City. His documentary work has earned him an Academy Award® and three Academy Award® nominations.

"The Battle of Citizen Kane" (1995), "The Irish in America: Long Journey Home" (1998), "Becoming American" (2003), "The Blood of Yingzhou" (2006), "Tongzhi in Love" (2008), "The Warriors of Qiugang" (2010), "Angle of Attack" (2011), SACRED (2016)

Thomas Lennon

Maeve O'Boyle, Nick August-Perna

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