“The Peace Corps left today and my heart sank low. The danger is extreme. Several times I have decided to leave El Salvador. I almost could, except for the children - the poor, bruised victims of this insanity. Who would care for them?” -Lay Missioner Jean Donovan
On December 2, 1980 lay missioner Jean Donovan and three American nuns were brutally murdered by members of El Salvador’s security force. This “sensitive, marvelously constructed film” (Catholic New York) chronicles Jean’s life, from her affluent childhood in Connecticut, to her decision to volunteer with the Maryknolls in El Salvador, to her tragic death.
An award-winning classic for the ages, Roses in December is both an eloquent memorial to the commitment of this courageous young woman and a powerful indictment of U.S. foreign policy in Central America.
"ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF THE YEAR! A taut, exemplary piece of humane film making that avoids political sentimentality and glib answers." - Time Magazine
"The power of this documentary is that it may reshock us into remembering the United States’ complicity in
El Salvador: Our government arms a government that kills Americans." - Washington Post
"Don’t miss it. And have your teenagers see it too."- Catholic New York