Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Chosen: Custody Of The Eyes

2017, Abbie Reese, USA, 107 min.

Show Times

  • Fri, May 25th 8:15pm
  • Sat, May 26th 5:00pm
  • Sun, May 27th 7:30pm
  • Thu, May 31st 8:00pm
Chicago premiere! Abbie Reese in person!

"Brings the audience close to its subject…presents the religious life as a true vocation in the best sense of the word." - Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film

Note: All screenings of CHOSEN: CUSTODY OF THE EYES will be open-captioned.

This absorbing documentary traces the coming of age of a former painter and blogger who is pursuing a path that many will find a strange if not shocking choice for a 19-year-old woman with all the world's possibilities at hand. Heather (a pseudonym chosen to preserve her anonymity) has entered the cloistered Rockford, Illinois, monastery of the Poor Clares, a strict religious order, where she will live and die behind its walls, maintaining silence and encountering outsiders, even family, only through a grille. Working with filmmaker Reese's camera, and with permission from her superiors, Heather creates a contemplative diary of her gradual transition to sisterhood, through the images, sounds, and thoughts of a new life in which voluntary renunciation paradoxically opens up a new world of deep commitment and joy. DCP digital. (BS)

Friday, May 25: Director Abbie Reese and consulting editor Matt Lauterbach are scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

Saturday, May 26: Director Abbie Reese is scheduled to appear for audience discussion.

Sunday, May 27: Director Abbie Reese is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Filmmaker Anahita Ghazvinizadeh.

Thursday, May 31: Director Abbie Reese is scheduled to appear for audience discussion, moderated by Laura Demanski, editor of the University of Chicago Magazine.

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