Raw Faith (2011)
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Peter Wiedensmith's unassuming docu on Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell sounds a welcome, unabashedly humanistic note.
It's refreshing to see a documentary about a normal grown-up who is struggling with problems of life and love, just as so many invisible others do.
Shining an intimate light on an individual in order to reveal greater truths about life and the world, Raw Faith focuses on progressive-minded Portland, Oregon, Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell.
Part personal documentary and part doc-as-tribute, Raw Faith needed a true star to work at all. She's found in Marilyn Sewell, a sixty-something Unitarian minister.
As holistic a portrait of religious devotion and engagement as exists in recent memory... a film of utterly sincere uplift.
Audience Reviews for Raw Faith
If only all churches were like this. I was truly moved by this minister's openness and rawness SHE (yes she) had. Highly recommend for Christians or not. It is not preachy and not trying to convert you. Trust me, you need to see this! :)
The trailer gives little clue to this story. It's a documentary but in the style more of a docu-drama. A story about a female minister who seems very religious in a robe and high pulpit feels like it would not be a story I'd be interested in, but I was curious. The minister tells her life story, which is not necessarily one you might suspect. She's a southern lady who left it all for a liberal religion. She had to keep it all a secret from her congregants. During the 2-yrs. of the making of the movie, something unexpected happens. It is what really makes the movie captivating and endearing. I was deeply touched by this story.
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