Mea Maxima Culpa
Alex Gibney explores the charged issue of pedophilia in the Catholic Church, following a trail from the first known protest against clerical sexual abuse in the United States and all the way to the Vatican.
Winner of three prime-time Emmy’s, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God is a 2012 documentary film directed by Oscar winning Alex Gibney. The film details the first known protest against clerical sex abuse in the United States by four deaf men.
Alex Gibney examines the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.
‘A kind of unintentional leaving gift for the outgoing Pope Benedict, though it is not one he is likely to relish.’ Guardian
‘The case has been widely reported but this is still an important film, laying out who knew what, and when. It's chilling: the conspiracy of silence goes all the way to the Vatican.’ Time Out
‘In the end, decades of such crimes going undetected and undeterred under the aegis of one employer - any employer - speaks for itself. And the extraordinary perseverance and courage of the men from St. John's speaks louder still.’ New York Post
‘There is something to be said for a clear and unblinking recitation of facts, and thankfully Mr. Gibney does a lot of that.’ New York Times
Primetime Emmy Awards 2013, Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking, Outstanding Picture Editing for Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming.
Irish Film and Television Awards 2013, winner of Best Feature Documentary
London Film Festival 2012, winner of the Grierson Award
The Television Academy Honors 2014, winner of the Television Academy Honors
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AwardsAspen Filmfest 2013, Audience Special Recognition - Documentary Palm Springs International Film Festival 2014, winner of best documentary feature Traverse City Film Festival 2013, winner of the founders prize - special award United Nations Association Film Festival 2013, winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary
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Equal parts hilarious, poignant, and heartbreaking, Project Nim not only tells a compelling story masterfully, but also raises the flag on the darker side of human nature.
'This haunting life story is an exquisite example of non-fiction filmmaking as full-bodied, emotionally complex drama.' Hollywood Reporter
'The release of this documentary by James Marsh in the same week as Rise of the Planet of the Apes is wittily timed. It too speaks of caged primates, though its judgement on their captors is far more disturbing.' Independent UK
'Marsh, who made the multi-awarded Man on a Wire, takes no sides but lets the humans speak for themselves, rum lot that they are.' London Evening Standard
'A harrowing and intensely powerful tale of an animal who was perhaps more human than the actual humans around him.' From the Front Row
Awards Circuit Community Awards 2011
Winner of theACCA award for Best Documentary Feature
Boston Society of Film Critics Awards 2011
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Directors Guild of America, USA 2012
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Florida Film Critics Circle Awards 2011
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