REBEL HEARTS Feature Films In Person at AFI Silver


Following the screening, watch a special conversation with director Pedro Kos, producer Kira Carstensen and subject Lenore Dowling moderated by NBC News Correspondant Anne Thompson.

In Los Angeles in the 1960s, the Convent of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, now the campus of the American Film Institute, would become the center of religious controversy. Adding science to the curriculum and abandoning the habit, its sisters reflected the ever-evolving attitudes of the country, but the church, and particularly its authoritarian archdiocese, were appalled at this display of defiance and determined to suppress the resistance. Unwilling to renounce their beliefs, the sisters’ courageous stand against the full power of the Roman Catholic Church and its engrained patriarchal strictures would come at a considerable cost. Director Pedro Kos’ REBEL HEARTS is a lively portrait of resistance and an affectionate celebration of the incredible women who led this movement. –Malin Kan

Continue the conversation on DOCS Connect, with filmmaker in attendance to respond to your questions, here.

Pedro Kos wrote and produced THE GREAT HACK, which premiered at Sundance in 2019. His feature directorial debut BENDING THE ARC premiered at Sundance in 2017. Kos edited Academy Award® nominees THE SQUARE (Emmy® for Best Editing/Non-Fiction program) and WASTE LAND, as well as THE CRASH REEL, THE ISLAND PRESIDENT and others.

Kira Carstensen
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Country: USA

Year: 2021

Director: Pedro Kos

Screenwriters: Erin Barnett, Shawnee Isaac-Smith, Pedro Kos

Producers: Kira Carstensen, Shawnee Isaac-Smith, Judy Korin

Executive Producers: Ethan Goldman, Abigail E. Disney, Adrienne Becker, Christy Spitzer Thornton, Quiet, Meadow Fund, Nancy Stephens, Rick Rosenthal, Tony Hsieh

Directors of Photography: Emily Topper, Clay Westervelt

Editors: Erin Barnett, Yaniv Elani, Pedro Kos, Ondine Rarey

Music: Ariel Marx

Featuring: Anita Caspary, Helen Kelley, Corita Kent, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary of California

Running Time (minutes): 103

Language: English

Accessibility: Closed Captions Available