Film Series: Runs & Limited Engagements

Radical Grace

2015, Rebecca Parrish, USA, 86 min.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11

The 6 PM screening is a Movie Club event. Join us for a post-screening conversation and a complimentary cocktail at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash. Movie ticket required for entry.

Show Times

  • Fri, Nov 6th 2:00pm
  • Fri, Nov 6th 7:45pm
  • Sat, Nov 7th 2:45pm
  • Sun, Nov 8th 4:30pm
  • Sun, Nov 8th 7:00pm
  • Mon, Nov 9th 6:00pm
  • Wed, Nov 11th 6:00pm
  • Thu, Nov 12th 8:15pm
First Chicago run! Filmmakers in person!

"An exhilarating portrait… easily ranks among the year’s best films… achieves greatness by humanizing its subjects rather than portraying them as one-note saints or martyrs." – Matt Fagerholm, RogerEbert.com

"At turns entertaining, educational and inspiring—illustrates profoundly how social justice and spirituality are inseparably linked.” – Nancy Fornasiero, Huffington Post

"A remarkable profile in courage and kindness ... The nuns featured in this film are a special type of hero, and trust me when I say, you want them on your side." – Steve Prokopy, Gapers Block

Laboring in the spring of 2012 under a Vatican censure of American women’s religious orders for the alleged sin of “radical feminism,” three Chicago nuns fearlessly pursue a path of social activism, campaigning passionately nationwide for the Affordable Care Act as “Nuns on the Bus.” Filmmaker Parrish focuses on charisma and grassroots hustle as these sisters in the spirit bring humor and down-to-earth grit to an epic battle for justice, equality and the dignity of women. The stunning 2013 resignation of a conservative pope and the election of Francis introducing hope and uncertainty as the future role of the nuns hangs in the balance. DCP digital. (BS)

NOVEMBER 6 at 2 PM: LIVING A CALLING TO ACT FOR JUSTICE discussion featuring Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Sister Kathleen Desautels (8th Day Center for Justice), Chris Roach & Halbert Williams (St. Leonard’s Ministries for former prisoners).

NOVEMBER 6 at 7:45 PM PM: FAITH & FEMINISM discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Susan Straus (President, Illinois National Organization for Women) and Cristina Traina (Christian Feminist Ethicist, Northwestern University).

NOVEMBER 7: EMPOWERING WOMEN IN FAITH COMMUNITIES discussion featuring Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch), Nadiah Mohajir (Co-Founder & ED of Muslim reproductive health organization, HEART Women & Girls) & Jean Peterman (National Organization for Women).

NOVEMBER 8 at 4:30 PM: CELEBRATING SISTER JEAN AFTER-PARTY discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch) & friends of Jean Hughes.

NOVEMBER 8 at 7 PM: CHRISTIAN & ISLAMIC FEMINISMS discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch), Maham Khan (Muslim & Interfaith Activist & Journalist, Interfaith Youth Core), Nicole Sotelo (Catholic Church Justice Activist, Call to Action).

NOVEMBER 9: LIVING A CALLING TO ACT FOR JUSTICE discussion featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Film subject Sister Chris Schenk (Co-Founder of FutureChurch) & Adrienne Alexander (AFSCME Council 31).

NOVEMBER 11: Movie Club event & discussion on TRANSFORMING RELIGIOUS PATRIARCHY featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Producer Danny Alpert, Producer Nicole Bernardi-Reis, Hind Makki (Patheos Muslim Channel, Side Entrance), Ryan Hoffman (Call to Action: Inspire Catholics Transform Church), and Betsy Hoover (270 Strategies). Post-screening conversation and a complimentary cocktail at Virgin Hotels Chicago, 203 N. Wabash. Movie ticket required for entry.

NOVEMBER 12: FAITH ORGANIZING FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE featuring Director Rebecca Parrish, Producer Danny Alpert, Traci Wile (Organizing for Action) and Rudy Lopez (Interfaith Worker Justice).

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