Session 28               
Saturday June 10, 2006    5:00PM TO 7:30PM
AMC/LOEWS Boston Common: 175 Tremont St.  Boston
Hand of God                       
(95 min)

HAND OF GOD is a unique and provocative look at Catholic
clergy abuse, told from the personal point of view of a
survivor, his brother (the film’s director) and their family.

The documentary burrows into hiding spots where comfort
was found, trust was built and vulnerability created. This is
a poetic look into one man’s journey from potential priest to
scathing critic. It is about family and community - and how
intimate family life is also filled with silences.

The storyline begins in Salem Massachusetts in the 1950’s.
The abuse occurs in 1964 but is not revealed until some 30
years later when Paul Cultrera encounters the Archdiocese
of Boston. His brother, director Joe Cultrera, narrates from
the perspective of a young person unconsciously recording.

As the years pass the director becomes an active
participant. He assists his brother’s investigations and the
documentary itself creates a dialogue within the family.
During this process the Archdiocese closes the family’s
neighborhood church. The director and his father find
themselves in heated encounters with the clergy. They
begin to question their own holy ghosts.

HAND OF GOD is a frankly told tale about the abuse of
power. Its abstract visual approach reflects the internal
struggle of someone holding hard to old secrets. In
balancing faith and anger, the subjects survive with their
humor intact.

The film never descends into expected depression. This is
an engaging portrait of one family’s attempt to regain its
footing above a crumbling corporate belief system.

DIRECTOR: Joe Cultrera
PRODUCER: Laura Corwin, Joe Cultrera
(USA) Digital Video

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