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Raw Faith (2011)




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While serving a community that relies on her for wisdom and advice (on both personal and ethical issues), Marilyn struggles quietly with decisions about her own future. Furthermore, as she seeks to reconcile the commitments of her profession with a longing for intimacy and love, childhood memories of mental illness and alcoholism come back to the surface - and must be dealt with before she can move forward. As Marilyn's life unfolds in front of the camera (in real time), she shares her journey with remarkable candor, humor and increasing wisdom, ultimately leading her to an unexpected revelation of faith and love in all of its guises. Marilyn Sewell has an undergraduate degree in education and advanced degrees in English literature, social work and ministry. She also has a Ph.D. in Theology and Literature from the Graduate Theological Union and the University of California at Berkeley. Currently living near the Willamette River, in Portland, Oregon, Sewell is working on a new book and continues to blog weekly with her "Reflections," giving a spiritual perspective on issues of the day. -- (C) Kino
Documentary , Special Interest , Faith & Spirituality
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Critic Reviews for Raw Faith

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Peter Wiedensmith's unassuming docu on Unitarian minister Marilyn Sewell sounds a welcome, unabashedly humanistic note.

Full Review… | June 29, 2011
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
New York Times
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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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2011
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review… | January 6, 2012
Film Journal International

As holistic a portrait of religious devotion and engagement as exists in recent memory... a film of utterly sincere uplift.

Full Review… | July 7, 2011

Raw Faith is as pared as Sewell's sermons, as there doesn't seem to be a misplaced or gratuitous moment in the entire film.

Full Review… | June 23, 2011
Slant Magazine

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! :)

Tracy Fortenberry
Tracy Fortenberry

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.

Joyce Dowling
Joyce Dowling

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