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WORDS FROM OUR AUDIENCES
I can't get this
film out of my mind...you have made an extraordinary testimony and a
work of art.
-Lucia, Boston, MA
I have read and
heard many accounts of violation of trust at the hands of the clergy,
but never have I seen or heard anything as thorough or moving as Hand
of God. It is the finest statement by a survivor of clergy sexual
exploitation that I have ever heard or seen.
-Les, Tupelo MS
Having grown up in abuse I was astonished by how well this film captured the unbearably lonely place into which child abuse dumps it's victims (a place that I remember well), as well as poignantly showing just how extensive the damage of abuse can be throughout an entire family. -Alan, Stevensville, MT
penetrating and filled with an unembellished honesty that is almost
startling...this is such a cleansing overall experience...this kind of
film is what a documentary is all about...there is no agenda here
except the truth.
-Elaine, Sante Fe, NM
film touched all my emotions! I cried, I was angry, I was sad, but I
never felt alone like in the past...Thank you for making this film, it
is the best depiction of what happened to so many young boys whose
childhoods were stolen.
-Mark, SNAP - Jackson, MS
I was so
impressed. I have seen all them (films) that have been produced on this
subject and yours is by far the best. I even laughed between tears.
Please know of my
appreciation of your efforts to promote dialogue as the Church and
society at large try to come to terms with the devastating effects of
the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. The process of seeking healing
will be a long one, but with the help of God and one another we can,
and indeed we must, make the effort.
-Sean Cardinal O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston
(NOTE: Sean has not actually seen this film)
From Fr. Fred Ruse (Roman Catholic
Archdiocese of Orlando):
Paul's resolve to discover the truth (not the same as expose and destroy) showed his dignity in all of this which could have stolen that from him and allowed the abuser and abuse to have won, to have dominated. Paul has offered a good to all of us. It is what I would say is truly Church at its best, Church as Church is to be. That does not mean it feels good or comfortable. It is grace in the midst of the worst in life, meaning grace is possible.
God bless you and
your brother for putting out a beautiful documentary. It will always be
my favorite film of all time.
We always said
while facing some difficult challenges outside the cathedral and other
places that we never felt closer to God than when we stood together
OUTSIDE the church fence and we know the significance of that. Your
movie, "Hand of God" is just that.
-Laura, VOTF Boston
Wow, I'm blown
away... I really didn't know what to expect given the sensitive subject
matter and the category "documentary." It's a story... a story
about life, love, family, immigration, and faith. I went to school the
next day and told everyone I saw about it and I'm coming in tonite to
Boston to see it again.
-Patty, Salem, MA
The movie was
beautifully done. It haunted me for several days after...Your movie
struck a deep cord.
-Ann, SNAP - Boston
Your film left me
with more hope than I usually feel after gatherings on the subject. I
think it is because it was so touching and warmly human.
-Dorothy, Boston, MA
playing on the screen were hauntingly beautiful... As a Jewish woman, I
feel that your film does not only speak to the Christian faithful in
-Cindy, Salem, MA
This film is the
best thing I have seen on the clerical sexual abuse crisis
Best Feature Documentary
Ashland Independent Film Festival
|Audience Award Best
Kansas International Film Festival
|Best Feature Documentary
Tupelo Film Festival
Boston International Film Festival
SNOB Somewhat North of Boston
WORDS FROM THE PRESS
That rare thing
when it comes to works on this theme -- a film informed by passion
without histrionics, and a sober and moving family
Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall St Journal
the most gripping and illuminating documentary ever made from the point
of view of a sexual abuse victim...The film works not only as
journalism but also as cinematic art..
Robert W. Butler, The Kansas City Star
“Hand of God"
is both an affidavit against the
Catholic archdiocese and a novena to the Cultrera son's elderly parents, who revered the church, but
loved their children more.
Alessandra Stanley, New York Times
especially as an indictment of the Catholic Church protecting its own.
Dennis Harvey, Variety
like a symphony that builds through a leisurely first movement, quietly
foreshadows a coming tempest, then unleashes itself. And when that
tempest comes, it is a fine and glorious example of speaking truth to
power. Hand of God is exceptional documentary work.
Michael Moore, The Missoulian
powerful movie...Like a great detective story, Hand of God peels away
layers of blind faith to reveal the truth.
The Orlando Sentinel
wages, in effect, a war of images...Those images function as somber
revelations about the misuse of spiritual power.
Claudia Bayliss, South Bend Tribune
impassioned...manages to rise above an irrational and indignant damning
of the Church.
Nina Maclaughlin, The Boston Phoenix
Hand of God needs to be seen, if only
approaches the subject with sensitivity and a refreshing lack of
hysteria. Remarkably, the film manages to strike a nice balance between
faith and anger; the result is both humane and hard to forget.
Alex Strachan, The Montreal Gazette
I applaud Joe Cultrera for having the balls to make this film.
Brian Hughes, Entertainment Insiders
The story unfolds
with humble determination and healing humor, leading slowly but surely
to a kind of proud acceptance that hits home with almost any right
Marie Coady, Woburn Daily Times Chronicle
The chilling impact
of Joe Cultrera's emotionally and physically draining polemic elevates
it beyond a mere movie until it becomes...an experience for the
audience to partake in...his film is the most moving documentary since
John Thomason, Orlando Weekly
remarkable is that this film manages to be probing but not maudlin,
largely courtesy of the victim's refusal to be consumed by the effort
of coping. Ultimately, the film is not about being a victim of sex
abuse but about the blindness dogma inculcates in its adherents.
The Missoula Independent
The press has
been quite taken with another church-abuse doc, "Deliver Us From
Evil"...That is too bad, because "Hand of God" is superior in almost
Grant Gallicho, Commonweal Magazine
powerful and personal film
Kevin McDonough, Lawrence Kansas World
|Ashland Independent Film Festival
|Florida Film Festival|
|Cinequest Film Festival|
|Sedona International Film Festival|
|Boston International Film Festival|
|Big Sky Documentary Film Festival|
|Tupelo Film Festival|
|Calgary International Film Festival|
|Kansas International Film Festival|
|DocNZ: Int'l Doc Festival of New Zealand|
|Connecticut Film Festival|
|Vermont International Film Festival|
|Mount Shasta International Film Festival|
|St Louis International Film Festival|
|SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Fest
|Santa Fe Film Festival|
|MassBay Film Festival|
"Thanks to all involved in the very strong and thought provoking film "Hand of God" I made the above painting "inspired" by that documentary: "CROSS HAIRS" Mixed Media on Panel 36" x 24" By David Vedoe. Taos, NM. I directly created this painting as an invited artist for an art show at Touchstone Gallery in Taos, NM
The theme was: erotica by local and international artists. The piece sold at the standing room only opening reception February 5, 2007.
I chose to create a beautiful object (from a distance) to lure people closer to examine the deeper content and the context of discussing the dark side of sexuality to enlighten an audience about such atrocious occurrences and prevent any future abuse if possible.
I am an Architect, Designer and Artist, born in Copenhagen, Denmark. I hope this film will be seen all over our planet."
David Vedoe Vedoe
Fine Art & Building Design Services,