Hesburgh

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Hesburgh offers a unique glimpse at more than fifty years of American history as seen through the eyes of the long-time president of the University of Notre Dame and America's most well-known priest. Educator, civil rights champion, advisor to presidents, envoy to popes, theologian and activist, Hesburgh was called on by countless world leaders to tackle the most challenging issues of the day. He built a reputation as a savvy political operator with a penchant for bridging the divide between bitter enemies. Through it all, he remained a man armed with a fierce intelligence, a quick wit and an unyielding moral compass -- a timeless example of bipartisan leadership that would serve us in today's increasingly polarized times. Hesburgh, a feature-length documentary film from award-winning filmmakers Patrick Creadon and Christine O'Malley, examines the challenges and triumphs of one of the most influential leaders in American history.

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  • [T]his film offers little insight into whatever battles - internal or external - Hesburgh must have fought. It's far too busy polishing that halo.

    May 7, 2019 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • Serving as a profile in courage whose hero was widely loved, it doesn't necessarily convince those of us who don't know the man that we needed to see a doc about him.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [A] thoroughly engaging documentary chronicle of the life and turbulent times of longtime Notre Dame president Father Theodore M. Hesburgh, whose tenure coincided with a particularly pivotal stretch of American history.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • A portrait of a man who can be seen as not merely blameless, but genuinely heroic.

    May 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • This moving, illuminating slice of American life and social history serves as a stirring example that we should all do much better. And we can start right now.

    May 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Nick Andert, Jerry Barca, and William Neal have fastened a pace as swift and handsome as its subject. This is an informative doc that's more concerned with being entertaining than explanatory. Homework, it is not.

    June 11, 2019 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

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