Director's Statement

How can a man crush a child to death, while believing the entire time that he is helping him? This was the most infuriating question, according to news stories that appeared over 12 years ago about an actual faith healing gone wrong. And that’s the question that started this project… 12 long years ago. ‘Laying hands’ on people to deliver them from any manner of affliction is a common religious practice. If they struggle or the afflicting spirits fight back, they may need to be restrained. Free In Deed is an ecstatic tragedy about a man with good intentions, compelled to demonstrate God’s divine love, while being completely unable to connect in any human way with the people living around him.

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Greyshack Films
2015 Winner of Best Film in Orizzonti Section, Venice Film Festival, AFI Festival, Stockholm International Film Festival 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival, SXSW, Nashville Film Festival, Jeonju International Film Festival, Independent Film Festival of Boston, Montclair Film Festival, Sydney International Film Festival, Munich International Film Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival