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17 April 2009 (Brazil) See more »
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Documentary on the killing of 73-year-old Catholic nun and activist Sister Dorothy Stang in February 2005... See more » | Add synopsis »
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9 wins & 1 nomination See more »
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A Powerful film about the Death of a Remarkable Woman See more (1 total) »

Cast

 
Felício Pontes ... Himself

Martin Sheen ... Narrator (voice)
Becky Spires ... Herself (as Sister Becky Spires)
David Stang ... Himself
Dorothy Stang ... Herself (archive footage) (as Sister Dorothy Stang)

Directed by
Daniel Junge 
 
Produced by
Henry Ansbacher .... producer
Marcela Bourseau .... co-producer
Annie Eastman .... associate producer
Gustavo Gelmini .... associate producer
Nigel Noble .... producer
 
Original Music by
Pedro Bromfman 
 
Cinematography by
Marcela Bourseau 
 
Film Editing by
Davis Coombe 
 
Production Management
Catherine Lindsey .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Nick Bozzone .... sound recordist
Phillip Lloyd Hegel .... sound editor
Phillip Lloyd Hegel .... sound re-recording mixer
Yan Saldanha .... sound recordist (second unit)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Annie Eastman .... camera operator
Gustavo Gelmini .... camera operator: additional camera
 
Editorial Department
Annie Eastman .... assistant editor
Jonathan Liebert .... digital cinema mastering
Kim Shively .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Pedro Bromfman .... musician: guitars, charango, ronroco, bass, percussion & programming
Gunnard Doboze .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Felipe Lacerda .... story consultant
Erez Laufer .... story consultant
David Magdael .... publicist
Samuel D. Pollard .... story consultant (as Sam Pollard)
Anne Stulz .... publicist
 

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17 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
A Powerful film about the Death of a Remarkable Woman, 11 March 2008
Author: JustCuriosity from Austin, TX, United States

They Killed Sister Dorothy had its World Premiere at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. This film is a powerful testament to the work of a saintly American nun who spent more than 30 years in Brazil helping the poor and working to prevent the destruction of the Amazon rain forests through a sustainable development program. At time when the ugly side of Christianity is often on the front pages - from Christian fundamentalists to pedophile priests - Sister Dorothy represents the true spirit of decency inherent in the Christian ideal. Indeed, in her tragic death she emerges as a Christ-like martyr.

The film focuses on her murder by wealthy ranchers opposed to her project and the efforts to bring her killers to justice. The film shows how difficult it is to achieve justice within a corrupt political system where those with money have a great deal of power and influence and "justice" is often for sale. The film brings into focus many of the conflicts that exist in the Third World development today.

This film deserves to be seen by a wider audience and would be an excellent film for use in high school and college classrooms. The film is a beautiful tribute to an amazing woman. My only criticism is that it runs a little long and could have focused considerably less on the various details of the trials and a bit more on the theological underpinnings of Dorothy's work - presumably in Liberation theology. This would have added greater depth to this powerful and loving portrait.

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