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Sister Helen -- One of the most unanimously acclaimed documentaries in recent years and winner of the coveted Sundance Film Festival Directing Award, this compelling film is an inspirational and uplifting portrait of a truly colorful and most unusual New York character.
Sister Helen -- Filmmakers put their cinema verité technique to expert use as they vividly capture the complex love/hate relationship between this tough-as-nails nun and the men who both fear her and rely on her to help them battle their own inner demons.

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In this emotionally compelling documentary, Sister Helen opens a private home for recovering addicts... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Engaging documentary on an engaging woman See more (6 total) »

Cast

 

Paul La Greca ... Guest Interview

Directed by
Rebecca Cammisa 
Rob Fruchtman 
 
Produced by
Rebecca Cammisa .... co-producer
Rob Fruchtman .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Gentry 
 
Cinematography by
Alex Aurichio 
Rebecca Cammisa 
Rob Fruchtman 
Andrew Holbrooke 
Peter Pearce 
Scott Sinkler 
 
Film Editing by
Jonathan Oppenheim 
Juliet Weber 
 
Sound Department
Tom Efinger .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Editorial Department
Geof Bartz .... consulting editor
 
Other crew
Winston Emano .... publicist
David Magdael .... publicist
 

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Engaging documentary on an engaging woman, 5 November 2002
Author: Jason Olshefsky (Jayce) from Rochester, NY, USA

I got a chance to talk with the co-creator, Rebecca Cammisa at the 2002 High Falls Film Festival in Rochester, NY. She said that her style is to be completely open and uninhibited in filmmaking but was very happy to be so severely constrained in the tight quarters of the group home. The narrow hallways and small rooms were expertly shot with a realism that would have been lost with more controlled and deliberate camera work.

Sister Helen herself is a remarkable character, coming from tragedy in her own life to being an unusual combination of caring, tough, and street smart. The way the film introduces us to her past is excellent, spending only a few carefully selected minutes sprinkled throughout.

In all, I can't begin to correctly heap on praise for this film. It really is a treasure of cinema and the subject a treasure of humanity.

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