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ABOUT THE FILM:
Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at the 96th Academy Awards®
**WINNER: Directing Award U.S. Documentary – Sundance Film Festival 2023**
In most US hospitals, alongside medical responses to illness and injury, lesser-known interventions take place every day. Responding to patients, family members and hospital staff who are experiencing spiritual and emotional distress, chaplains sit at bedsides, helping people to deepen connections with themselves, one another, and a world beyond this one.
A STILL SMALL VOICE follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long residency at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes. Following his acclaimed 2019 film MIDNIGHT FAMILY, director Luke Lorentzen digs into Mati’s spiritual work as an entry point to explore how we seek meaning in suffering, uncertainty, and grief.
Through Mati’s experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is. As Mati and her patients take stock of their lives and experiences, space opens up to reflect on our own.
|Introductory remarks from Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman (Temple Habonim)
|Post-Film Conversation with Helen Bodell (Director, Center for Spiritual Care, Dana Farber Cancer Institute), Very Rev. Francis O'Loughlin (Newport Hospital), Rabbi Emily Goldberg Winer (Director of Spiritual Engagement at Congregation Beth Sholom) and Gabrielle Sclafani (Pediatric Palliative Care Chaplain, UCC Reverend)
|Kellen Quinn, Luke Lorentzen