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September 8–14, 2017

Chicago Premiere

Free in Deed

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Venice Horizons Award
—Best Film
Venice Film Fest
"A quiet, unsettling story of faith found and tragically lost"
  —New York Times
"Potent, provocative"
"A bracing, bruising corrective to the 'faith-based filmmaking' movement"
"David Harewood and Edwina Findley, the only trained actors in a compelling cast of non-pros, deliver harrowing performances"
  —Hollywood Reporter

Based on true events, Free in Deed tells the story of a young desperate mother (Edwina Findley) struggling to raise her troubled son. After being turned down by the state authorities for help, she turns to a local storefront church for a lonely Pentecostal minister (David Harewood) who claims to be a faith healer. His misguided attempts force him to confront his own unresolved personal issues as he wrestles with the boy's seemingly incurable illness. Free in Deed is both visceral and philosophical in its meditation on agency, suffering, and the role of religion in our social fabric.

This film about a crisis in faith also has a trio of tour-de-force performances, and approaches its provocative subject with a complex moral ambiguity, which unfolds with a brutal intensity.

Directed by Jake Mahaffy, U.S.A./New Zealand, 2015, 98 mins.


  • Fri., Sept. 8 at 7:45 pm
  • Sat., Sept. 9 at 2:30, 4:15, 6 & 7:45 pm
  • Sun., Sept. 10 at 2, 3:45, & 5:30 pm
  • Tues.–Thurs., Sept. 12–14 at 7:45 pm
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$10 general admission

$5 for Facets Members

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