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July 29–Aug.4, 2005

Chicago Premiere

Twist of Faith

Film still: Twist of Faith


Best Documentary
Academy Awards
"A powerful and damning look at the longterm impact of sexual abuse"
  —Film Threat
"Intense, yes, but Twist of Faith is also canny, immediate, intimate, raw and unflinching. This straightforward film is a simple and transparent exemplar of documentary empathy as well--masterful, heartfelt and heartbreaking."
  —NewCity Chicago

Twist of Faith is a harrowing examination of a man dealing with the abuse he suffered as a boy at the hands of a Catholic priest. The film follows Tony Comes, a firefighter from Toledo who survived years of sexual abuse. Tony's adult life seems perfect: he has a great job, a beautiful wife and family, and lives in a good neighborhood. But when the priest who abused him resurfaces, Tony is forced to confront his past, and take a stand against the silence of the Church. In dealing with his own trauma, he seeks out other men who were similarly abused, both straight and gay, and struggles to reconcile his religious beliefs with his horrific experiences. While Twist of Faith unravels the damage that sexual abuse wreaks on Comes' life, the film also chronicles a close-knit Catholic town that is unwilling to let the truth come out. Comes does everything he can to hang on to a lifetime of Catholic traditions, despite his ongoing pain and the deceit of Church leaders. Director Kirby Dick (Sick, Chain Camera) has crafted a a riveting drama of one man's struggle to overcome a profound trauma in the face of intense family, community and religious pressures.

Directed by Kirby Dick, U.S.A., 2004, BetaSP, 87 mins.


  • Fri., Jul. 29 at 7 & 9 pm
  • Sat., Jul. 30 at 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Sun., Jul. 31 at 3, 5, 7 & 9 pm
  • Mon.-Thurs., Aug. 1-4 at 7 & 9 pm
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