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They Killed Sister Dorothy
A film by Daniel Junge

93 minutes, color, English & Portuguese w/English subtitles, 2008

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Synopsis

At the mouth of the Amazon River, a murder trial is taking place. The victim – Sister Dorothy Stang, a 73-year-old Catholic nun from Dayton, Ohio – was shot six times at point blank range. The events that led to her death, and the trials that follow, reveal the larger battle being fought for the future of the rainforest.

With unprecedented access to both sides of the conflict, this gripping documentary follows the real-life drama at the trials of Dorothy’s killers, while exploring the conflicts in the Amazon that led to that fateful day.

Narrated by Martin Sheen. Original song by Grammy-nominated Brazilian singer/songwriter Bebel Gilbert.

WINNER! Grand Jury Prize & Audience Award, SXSW Film Festival


Reviews

"A riveting courtroom drama set against the combustible backdrop of the decimated rain forest, with a dramatic courtroom turnabout that blows everything that’s come before out of the water." - Austin Chronicle

"Impresses and enthralls, balancing moral outrage and courtroom melodrama in a documentary filled with the sort of colorful characters one usually encounters only in fictional crime stories." - Variety

"Riveting, vivid stuff... remarkable courtroom footage. So captivating it’s almost hard to believe." - Hollywood Reporter

"Builds to something truly remarkable: a team of lawyers engage in theatrics you wouldn’t believe in a Hollywood drama... a feast of real-time, real-life drama." - Austin American-Statesman

"Outlandish and gripping trial scenes... incredible access... a stark illustration of corruption and the fight against it." - The Guardian (UK)


Recommended Reading

Martyr of the Amazon: The Life of Sister Dorothy Stang by Roseanne Murphy

The Greatest Gift: The Courageous Life and Martyrdom of Sister Dorothy Stang by Binka Le Breton


Disc Features

• Update on the Case
• Photo Gallery
• Film Notes


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