Cleveland International Film Festival } April 7 – April 20, 2021

Rebel Hearts

Year: 2021
Country: UNITED STATES
Run Time: 103 minutes

Rebel Hearts
Rebel Hearts
Rebel Hearts

REBEL HEARTS profiles the pioneering nuns of The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who challenged the Catholic patriarchy to advocate for themselves and the community they served. Set in 1960s Los Angeles, shortly after the Catholic Church's shocking modernization of church law in 1959, the sisters leveraged the new doctrine to better answer their community's calls for social reform, racial justice, and gender equity. Their bold participation in activism, cultural arts, and women's empowerment challenged traditional gender norms and religious stereotypes. Yet, the autocratic Cardinal supervising their parish was uninterested in change or reform. Convinced the convent was becoming too modern too quickly, the Cardinal took actions to curtail the sisters' newly found empowerment. Undeterred, the group continued their resistance against oppressive church rules suppressing their fundamental human rights, created to command rigid obedience to church leaders rather than spiritual devotion. This documentary depicts their defiant stance against a patriarchal system that captured national attention and elevated conversations on women's roles in the church and broader American society. — R.R.

CIFF45 Screenings

On Demand

Thursday, April 08, 2021 at 11:00 AM -
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 11:59 PM

Access: United States and US Territories
Accessibility (?)
Closed Captions: No
Audio Description: No
English Subtitles: No

Related Event
Happy Hour

Sidebars
Democracy's Heroes
Women of the World

Competition
Greg Gund Memorial Standing Up Competition

Director

Director
Pedro Kos

Producers
Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith, Judy Korin

Cinematography
Emily Topper, Clay Westervelt

Editing
Erin Barnett, Yaniv Elani, Pedro Kos, Ondine Rarey

Film Contact

The GRETCHEN GREENING Film

Community Partners

moCa Cleveland

Community of Saint Peter

River's Edge

FutureChurch

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