TIFF Lightbox 2 Fri, Apr 26, 2019 9:00 PM
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Film Info
Country Listing:Canada
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Program Category:Canadian Spectrum
Film Subjects:Canada
Children & Youth
Crime & Justice
Religion & Spirituality
Survivor Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Matt Gallagher
Producer(s):Cornelia Principe
Matt Gallagher
Nick Hector (co-producer)
Editor(s):Nick Hector
Cinematography:Matt Gallagher
Composer:Justin Small
Ohad Benchetrit


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Winner—DGC Special Jury Prize – Canadian Feature Documentary

Widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church has traumatized thousands. Many have only recently come forward to speak publicly, while others have been silenced through settlements. One of the perpetrators, Father Hod Marshall, pled guilty to 17 assault charges; a colleague, Father David Katulski, called him a "very good pedophile." One of his victims, seeking closure for this traumatic part of his childhood, filed suit against the Basilian Fathers of Toronto for its role in enabling Marshall's depravity. As the case moves through the courts—led by "the priest hunter," lawyer Rob Talach—the silence the Catholic Church fought so vigorously to maintain is broken. Director Matt Gallagher opens a channel for those brave survivors who are willing to provide testimony, culminating in a powerful damnation of an institution that must be exposed and held to account. Alexander Rogalski

Content notice: Film contains sexual violence trigger material.

Canadian Spectrum program sponsored by TVO.

Additional Information

  • CBC - "A documentary by Windsor director shines a light on sexual abuse by priests."
  • NOW - 3 Stars