Behind the veil: nuns. Pt. 2.

Canada, 1984

Film
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Part 2 of an in depth look at the history and influence of the largest all female, communal organisation in the world. The film spans the twenty centuries since Jesus’ birth as well as the pre-Christian climates from which Christianity has evolved. This film reviews the few exceptional periods in history when women wielded power in religious life - in pre-Christian Celtic religions and during the era of the great abbesses of the Middle Ages. Their paintings, inventions, tapestries, books and manuscripts are eloquent testimony to their achievements. However, with the revival of misogynistic theories that females were unsuitable to perform priestly functions and not worth educating, these achievements were soon dismissed. Women were excluded from universities for the next eight centuries. Today, women are openly questioning the Church’s male hierarchy and seeking some measure of influence in Church decisions. In Part 2 some of today’s activist nuns speak about their convictions and the need to redefine the Church to combine spirituality with global politics.

Credits

production company

ONF | NFB

co-producer

Signe Johansson

Kathleen Shannon

Duration

01:07:00:00

Production places
Canada
Production dates
1984

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

323826

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Religion

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Nuns

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Religion

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Women and religion

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - Canada

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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