A film about three inspiring women fighting for social justice in an African American church in impoverished North Philadelphia. One day, a Mexican undocumented immigrant asks the church for sanctuary.  

Over a period of two years, filmmaker Petr Lom follows the church soup kitchen's cook Mamie, volunteer and former Black Panther Barbara, and Pastor Renee during their daily activities.   

The Church of the Advocate is a national monument with a rich history in the civil rights movement. When the undocumented Carmela asks for sanctuary to protect her and her four children from deportation, she is welcomed with open arms to live in the church. Reaching out across ethnic lines to work with Hispanics for the first time, Pastor Renee courageously defies the ICE immigration authorities.    

A documentary about compassion that invites us to forget about all borders, be they of race, nationality or religion.  

Production and distribution

Production Year:
2019
Production country:
Netherlands
Co production country:
Norway
Release date (international):
2019-11-22
Production company:
ZIN documentaire
Co production company:
Ten Thousand Images
Producer:
Corinne van Egeraat
Co producer:
Mette Cheng Munthe-Kaas

Director

  • Petr Lom

    Petr Lom (b. 1968) hails from Prague, Czechoslovakia, but grew up in Canada, and received his Ph.D. in Political Philosophy from Harvard University in 1997. He gave up his academic career in 2004 to pursue a full-time career as a documentary filmmaker, making his debut with Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan the same year. He has since written, directed and produced several documentary films and television series, and runs his own documentary production company Lom Films.

    Petr Lom

Crew

Director:
Petr Lom
Editor:
Dorith Vinken
Cinematographer:
Petr Lom
Sound Recording:
Aidan Un
Sound Design:
Jeroen Goeijers
Screenplay:
Corinne van Egeraat
Petr Lom

Technical information

Format:
DCP 2k
Colour:
Colour
Length in mins:
88'
Language:
English
Spanish
Subtitles:
English

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