“Radical Grace” doc to spark dialog at Siskel series

“Radical Grace,” the critically acclaimed feature documentary from director Rebecca Parrish of Interchange Productions, backed by actress Susan Sarandon, is partnering with the Gene Siskel Film Center for an important screening-discussion on feminism and social justice.

Radical Grace,” the Chicago Award winner at the recent Chicago International Film Festival, follows three fearless American nuns, cited by  the Vatican for their “radical feminism,” who risk their place in the Church to stand up for the higher calling of social justice. (See the trailer here.) 

The 8-part screening-discussion series, starting Friday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. through Nov. 12, will bring together more than a dozen faith-based and feminine groups to challenge the Pope to take a stand for women’s equality in the Catholic Church.  

Panel speakers include Sister Christine Schenk, one of the film’s three subjects, Fr Michael Pfleger of St. Sabina, Nadiah Mohajir, MPH co-founder/executive director of HEART Women & Girls and representatives from local nuns’ orders, and many other progressive and faith-based organizations.

“Radical Grace” executive producers were Susan Sarandon, Oscar-winner for her role as Sister Helen Prejean in “Dead Man Walking, was a film’s executive producer” and award-winning Daniel Alpert of Kindling Group, known for using media for social change.

Producer was Nicole Bernardi-Reis; associate producer Laura Wilson. Kenji Yamamoto and Katrina Simic edited and Heather McIntosh composed the score.

“Radical Grace” was named a “Top 5 Audience Favorite” at Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival 2015 and “Winner of Best in Fest” at AFI DOCS 2015.

At 164 N. State; tickets are $11 general admission and are available here.