Appropriate for: College/University
Breaking Silence: The Story of the Sisters at Desales Heightsby Tommie Dell Smith
An examination of social and cultural change, and the impact of such change upon individuals
This compelling documentary reveals life behind the cloistered walls of a 150-year-old monastery, as it follows the twelve elderly nuns preparing to face the outside world for the first time in their adult lives. Breaking Silence: The Story of the Sisters at Desales Heights examines the effects on the members of this unusual community as they respond to pressures from the world around them. A rare and intimate insight into a way of life that may soon be gone forever, the film raises important questions about the changing role of women in society and what happens to those whose roles are no longer valued.
BREAKING SILENCE: THE STORY OF THE SISTERS AT DESALES HEIGHTS is a lovely and poignant portrayal of the breakup of a long-term, nontraditional family of women...sensitive to the women's insecurities, sense of betrayal and fears. I recommend it highly.
Alden Waitt, M.A.
Women's Studies Program Ohio University
For any course attempting to examine the ideas of social and cultural change, and the impact of such change upon individuals, this will be a rewarding hour of viewing.
Perry G. Thompson, Ph.D.
Professor of Gerontology
Sociology and Anthropology, University of Arkansas
full review Perry G. Thompson, Ph.D., Sociology and Anthropology
(Coordinator of Gerontology Center)
University of Arkansas, Gerontology Center
AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
- CINE Golden Eagle Award
- National Media Owl Award
- "Top of the List" winner, Booklist
- Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
- Margaret Mead International Film Festival
Subject: Aging & Gerontology