Band Of Sisters (2014)




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"I did exactly what the church asked me--and now, the church is looking at me like, where have you come from...who are you?" says Sister Nancy Sylvester, IHM (Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary), in Band of Sisters about the remarkable transformation of Catholic nuns in the United States since Vatican II of the 1960s, and the reaction of some members of the church hierarchy who oppose their changes. Perhaps more than any other group, U.S. nuns embraced Vatican II's call to serve where there was the greatest need. In Band of Sisters, two nuns advocate for the rights of immigrant detainees and deportees in and around a Chicago-area deportation center. It is 50 years since Pope John XXIII opened the Second Vatican Council to let a little fresh air into the church, and most Catholic nuns in the U.S. have never looked back. Fascinating scenes of convent life prior to Vatican II contrast with those of nuns in the tumultuous and exciting years after the Council, when sisters became engaged with the great social movements of our day.(c) Official Site
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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

It's said older women are all but invisible in society - and, thus, underestimated - and these righteous nuns are using that superpower to their full advantage.

Full Review… | January 17, 2014
New York Post
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A sweeping but disorganized and sometimes monotonous exploration of the evolution of left-of-center Roman Catholic sisters in the United States since the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s.

Full Review… | January 16, 2014
New York Times
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A revealing account of a work in progress.

April 11, 2013
Seattle Times
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A heart-felt documentary celebrating the incredible achievements of activist Catholic nuns in the United States.

Full Review… | September 5, 2013
Spirituality and Practice

It's a strictly no-frills, straight-forwardly shot affair, but the women on which it focuses its lens are endlessly inspiring.

Full Review… | April 4, 2013

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A simple, yet stirring, documentary focusing on American nuns with a focus on social justice issues. It does a good job of wrapping history with social action, all while painting some delightful personal stories.

Jacob Gehman
Jacob Gehman

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