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December 4–10, 2015

Chicago Premiere

The Armor of Light

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"Emotionally charged, theologically astute... The Armor of Light may be calmly assured of its moral standing, but its grace and composure are the very opposite of complacency"
"An impressive directorial debut... a thoughtful and moving portrait of a man who has risked his status and career to publicly fight for his convictions"
  —Hollywood Reporter
"The film presents some fresh-sounding arguments about Christianity and guns as intriguing jumping-off points rather than open-and-shut case"
  —New York Times
  —Los Angeles Times
"The Armor of Light is not about gun control... take a step back and you'll see it's really about what happens when we start examining why we believe what we believe—and what happens when it turns out we're not happy with the answer"
  —Washington Post
"A brilliant exploration of the appeal that firearms have for many white religious conservatives in America"
"A tale worth telling, and its bright moments shine through"
  —Chicago Reader
"Compelling... The Armor of Light can be frustrating and painful to watch. But ultimately, there is hope here"
  —Chicago Sun-Times

Documentary producer Abigail Disney's directorial debut follows the journey of Reverend Rob Schenck, an evangelical minister who finds the courage to preach about the toll of gun violence in America. An anti-abortion activist, Schenck questions whether being pro-gun is consistent with being pro-life, much to the discomfort of his colleagues. He eventually meets Lucy McBath, also a Christian and the mother of Jordan Davis, an unarmed teenager who was killed in Florida and whose case has become a landmark in the fight against "Stand Your Ground" laws. Lucy is trying to make sense of her devastating loss while using her grief to affect some kind of viable political action.

Through their stories, intercut with revealing footage underlining the marriage between the religious right and the NRA, The Armor of Light follows these unlikely allies through their trials of conscience, heartbreak and rejection, as they bravely attempt to make others consider America's gun culture through a moral lens. The film is also a courageous look at our fractured political culture, and an assertion that it is, indeed, possible for people to come together across deep party lines to find common ground.

Directed by Abigail Disney, 2015, U.S.A., 87 mins.


  • Fri., Dec. 4 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat.., Dec. 5 at 3:30, 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Sun., Dec. 6 at 5:30 & 7:30 pm
  • Mon.–Thurs., Dec. 7–10 at 7:45 pm
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$5 for Facets Members

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  • John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • Artworks: National Endowment for the Arts
  • Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
  • Comer Family Foundation
  • Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • Alphawood Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation