Religion and Spirituality

Explore the universal quest for meaning through captivating films that span cultures, rituals, and personal reflections. Ancient traditions and contemporary searches invite contemplation on the essence of faith and spirituality.

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The Religion and Spirituality collection includes the following titles:

Albertina and the Dead

Albertina y los muertos
Documentary Chile
Albertina, the spiritual leader of a village built over indigenous tombs, is in charge of communicating with the Ño, a deity whose physical form is a rag doll.

Arid Zone

Zona árida
Documentary Brazil
Brazilian director Fernanda Pessoa was 15 years old and experienced being a foreign exchange student for one year in conservative Mesa, AR. Now she’s back to try to understand her experience.

Atempa, Dreams by the River

Atempa, sueños a la orilla del rio
Documentary Mexico
Tino considers herself neither male nor female, but rather a “muxe,” a third gender that has been integrated into Zapotec culture.

Ayahuasca: Expansion of Consciousness

Documentary Brazil
This is a comprehensive view of Ayahuasca use, blending scientific, religious, and anthropological perspectives with the director's personal healing journey.

Bad Hombres

Documentary The Netherlands
Journalist Stef Biemans travels between Guatemala and the U.S. during the first months of the Trump Administration, to see what the so-called ‘bad hombres’ hope to find in the U.S.

Between Fire and Water

Entre fuego y agua
Documentary Colombia
Camilo is a young black man adopted by an indigenous couple in rural Colombia. Supported by his adoptive father, Camilo embarks on a journey to find his true identity and understand his two races.

Contactado

Fiction, Drama Peru, Venezuela, Brazil, Norway
An aging self-proclaimed prophet revisits his past.

Enlightened

Iluminados
Documentary Mexico
Two people are closely related by unconventional forms of life and vision: Pedro Miranda, a young, blind visual artist; and Iris Palau, a clairvoyant.

Faith and Fury

Fé e fúria
Documentary Brazil
Focusing on evangelical drug dealers in Brazilian slums, the film depicts the rise and power of the evangelical faith and its power in Brazil today.

God

Dios
Documentary Chile
A cinematic mosaic depicting Pope Francis’ 2018 visit to Chile, God explores the constant tension between the social creation of God in different communities and the tensions that define modern-day Chilean society.

Marina Abramovic in Brazil: The Space in Between

Documentary Brazil
Marina Abramović travels through Brazil in search of personal healing and artistic inspiration, experiencing sacred rituals and revealing her creative process.

Mrs. Death

Mrs. Death
Documentary
A documentary revolving around those who collect pictures of the dead.

Nudo Mixteco

Nudo mixteco
Drama, Fiction Mexico
A quietly powerful triptych of stories that speak about the impact of migration and the plight of indigenous women in a rural Mixtec village in Oaxaca.

Ornament of the World

Documentary United States
An exploration of medieval Spain when Muslims, Christians, and Jews forged a common identity that transcended religious differences. What made this collaboration possible and what tore it apart?

Our Song to War

Nuestro canto a la guerra
Documentary, Experimental Colombia, Belgium
Following a massacre by the FARC guerrillas, a Colombian village emerges as a mysterious place where people sing as they guide spirits across a mystic river.

Pan Seco

Pan seco
Documentary
At 93 years old, Justo is taking an unconventional spiritual path. With the asceticism of a monk with the imagination of the architect, he has been building a Cathedral since 1961.

Stigmata

Estigmas
Drama, Fiction, Experimental Spain
Told by a hulking, gentle giant of a man, Stigmata follows Bruno as he wakes up one morning bleeding from mysterious wounds on his hands. A hauntingly beautiful and lyrical tale based on the Italian cult graphic novel by Lorenzo Mattotti and Claudio Piersanti.

The Apizaco Shaman

El brujo de Apizaco
Documentary Mexico
The stormy life of Mexican bullfighter Rodolfo Rodríguez González and his alter ego "THE PANA," who worked as a baker, gravedigger, and bundles loader before becoming a bullfighter.

The Apostate

El apóstata
Drama, Fiction, Comedy France, Uruguay
An existential comedy about a young man in the increasingly quixotic quest of formally having his name struck from the Catholic church’s baptismal record.

The Eternal Night of Twelve Moons

La eterna noche de las doce lunas
Documentary Colombia
Twelve-year-old Pili is entering womanhood, and as tradition dictates in her Wayuu indigenous community, she must be isolated from all men for 12 moon cycles.

The German Neighbor

El vecino alemán
Documentary, Fiction Argentina
The German Neighbor follows the steps of Adolf Eichmann’s awkward and unusual life in Argentina, and his remarkable defense at the trial in Jerusalem.

The Man of the Future

El hombre del futuro
Fiction, Drama Chile, Argentina
Michelsen, an elderly truck driver, sets out on his last trip driving freight to the southern tip of Chilean Patagonia.

The Spirit of the Ancestors

Te Kuhane o te Tupuna: El espíritu de los ancestros
Documentary Chile
Three generations of the Pakarati family travel to Europe to reclaim the Stolen Friend - one of Rapa Nui's (Easter Island) sacred spirits - which was stolen by colonizers and is one of the countless sacred objects housed in museums worldwide.

The Territories

Los territorios
Documentary Argentina, Brazil
An engrossing exploration into what it means to be a journalist, the film is about how we approach the conflicts and the role the press plays in times of fake news.

Us, Them, and Me

NEY: Nosotros, ellos, yo
Documentary Argentina
Led by insatiable curiosity, Nicolás Avruj's family vacation to Tel Aviv transforms into a months long journey into Gaza and the West Bank. With only his camera as company, he became a guest in the homes of both Palestinians and Israelis, immersing himself in their daily lives eithout prejudice.

When a Tree Falls (Amama)

Amama
Drama, Fiction Spain
This powerfully visualized drama of generational conflict signals the emergence of a vital Basque regional cinema in Spain.

Yvy Maraey Land Without Evil

Yvy Maraey, tierra sin mal
Drama, Fiction, Adventure Bolivia
A Bolivian filmmaker and a Guaraní Indian travel together through the forests of southeastern Bolivia to make a film about the Guaraní people.