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Free in Deed (2015)

TV-MA | | Drama | 8 September 2017 (USA)
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Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches, based on actual events, Free in Deed depicts one man's attempts to perform a miracle. When a single mother brings her young son to ... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
David Harewood ... Abe Wilkins
Edwina Findley Dickerson ... Melva Neddy (as Edwina Findley)
Kathy Smith ... Pearlie
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Helen Bowman Helen Bowman ... Isabelle
RaJay Chandler RaJay Chandler ... Benny
Alex Coker ... Officer Buff
Geoff Falk ... Drunk Man
Jan Falk ... Drunk Woman
Porsha Ferguson ... Congregational church member
Lindsey Roberts Lindsey Roberts ... Motel Prostitute
Rosalyn R. Ross Rosalyn R. Ross ... Young Female Sinner
Preston Shannon Preston Shannon ... Bishop
Jon W. Sparks ... Doctor
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Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches, based on actual events, Free in Deed depicts one man's attempts to perform a miracle. When a single mother brings her young son to church for healing, this lonely Pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control. Written by Bipin B Narayan

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New Zealand | USA

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English

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8 September 2017 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Memphis, Tennessee, USA

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16:9 HD
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A Powerful film about Faith
12 March 2016 | by JustCuriositySee all my reviews

Free in Deed was well-received at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, TX. It is a powerful haunting film that deserves to be widely seen. Fascinatingly, many of the scenes that were shot in Pentecostal churches in Memphis use real life people rather than professional actors to show the nature of religious devotion. In that sense the film is in some ways partially a documentary as well as a scripted feature film. The tale – loosely based on real events - shows a mother's desperate efforts to find help for her sick child who is clearly suffering from some of severe psychological disorder. She takes him to a young well-intentioned faith healer who attempts to exorcise the demons within him. While the film can be viewed as critical of the reliance on what most rational people would call the use of faith to cure medical problems, I saw it as just critical of the doctors and the health care system that failed to provide any serious health care options to a family with few resources. That failure left them to turn to desperate means. The acting by the two leads, David Harewood and Edwina Findley, is excellent. The story is haunting and disturbing. We have come to associate faith healers with charlatans. These individuals in this film may be misguided, but they are sincere in their efforts. They deeply believe and they turn to God when all other means have failed to help a disturbed child. This disturbing film draws the viewer in. I did find some of the faith healing scenes a bit repetitive and felt it could have used some more editing. Well worth seeing for those interested in nexus of faith and modernity.


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