“Intimate...kaleidoscopic...we see personal notes of grace and meaning”
NY Times: Review
“...a reminder that for millions of people of faith all over the world, religion is about small but significant moments of hope, affirmation and reflection.”
NY Times: The Week Ahead
“...a swirling whirlwind of customs, traditions, joy, agony...”
“A feast for the eyes”
“A lavish demonstration of religion’s visual power...a great movie for jaded atheist urbanites...grand and imposing...charming...absolutely beautiful.”
Seattle: The Stranger
“Seamlessly constructed...astounding level of intimacy...a cinematic leap of faith.”
Film Journal International
“Kinetic...a kind of prayer”
“Moving...deeply personal...The film articulates a concept of universal humanity. No matter the religion or circumstances, we all have the same desires for peace and connection throughout life.”
Los Angeles Times: Review
“...a brilliant undertaking; a stunning anthropological document that also manages to feel deeply personal & resonant.”
True/False Documentary Festival
“...beautiful portrayal of spirituality in its myriad forms, the wonder inherent in our unique ambition to strive for the transcendent...”
“...an incredibly moving portrayal of faith at work around the globe…”
Cleveland Film Festival
“As SACRED started to unfold in glorious color, intimacy and scope, I could barely contain my excitement...There is a language beyond speech, and cinema is made for it”
Sebastopol Film Festival
Sacred has played over 25 film festivals and counting, including some of the top festivals in the world. The world premiere was at the Tokyo International Film Festivals, Asia’s most prestigious festival. The European premiere was at IDFA, the world’s largest documentary film fest. Our North American premiere was at DOC NYC, the largest documentary film fest in America, and the African premiere was at Durban International, the top film fest in Africa. Sacred was chosen to be the opening night film at the Sebastopol Documentary Film Fest. The film has played a wide range of other respected film festivals such as Docville in Belgium, Doc Edge in New Zealand, Docs Against Gravity in Poland, Vientianale in Laos, Ashland Independent Film Fest, Cleveland International Film Fest, RiverRun, Sarasota Film Fest, and highlighted in a special event at the Montclair Film Fest with a live concert led by the film’s composer Edward Bilous.
The film has now played on 6 continents.
We have received a strong response from people of a wide mix of faiths and nationalities interested in using the film as a tool to promote interfaith discussion and understanding, and have had about 20 interfaith screening events with more to come. Internationally, we have screened the film, followed by discussion, in places with histories of severe religious conflict such as the Festival of Tolerance in Zagreb, Croatia. The Documentary Association of Pakistan hosted a screening in Karachi, Pakistan following several blasphemy-related lynchings in the country. We screened twice in Durban, South Africa where the memory of apartheid is still fresh. Our Middle East premiere is scheduled for November 2017 at the Spirit Film Festival in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In North America, Sacred had a week-long run at the Rubin Museum in NYC, with religious leaders of different backgrounds in discussion following each screening. The film screened at Festival of Faiths, a large annual interfaith event attended by thousands in Louisville, KY. We had a screening and panel at the Vancouver International Film Centre’s Spirit Week event. We’ve had numerous other screenings featuring interfaith panels at film festivals, houses of worship, theaters and universities around the US in cities including Washington, DC, Kansas City, MO, Austin, TX and Cleveland, OH.
Other Theatrical Screenings
Since Argot Pictures came aboard, SACRED has booked into over 50 different locations in 12 states. The screenings are a mix of week-long theatrical runs, short runs at museums, film societies, arthouse cinemas and regional festivals.
Venues include: New York City’s Lincoln Center and Symphony Space; The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Houston’s Museum of Fine Arts, the esteemed Jacob Burns Film Center where it opened a series on the meditative life, the Laemmle Monica Film Center in Santa Monica, and Toronto’s Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema.
The film has a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 88%
The on-going campaign to screen in churches, synagogues and mosques will continue until the end of the term of Argot’s contract.