Mea Maxima Culpa: a look at the scandals of pedophilia in the Catholic Church

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Friday, 10 May 2013 13:17

Documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney is an expert in portraying the dark side of the U.S.. In fact, his most famous film and which won the Oscar for best documentary in 2008 titled Taxi to the Dark Side (Taxi to the Dark Side), which removes the darkness and brings to light cases of torture that have occurred in prisons in Guantanamo, Iraq and Afghanistan created by the U.S.. Previously, he had been nominated by the management of Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (Enron: The Smartest Guys in America), where uncovering this scam U.S. gas company. And if you have already gone through the spheres of economy and military, now a final institution lacked: the Church. And for this, presented at the 2013 Documenta Madrid Film Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, which seeks to analyze the pedophilia scandals that have emerged within the Catholic Church.

Critique of Mea Maxima Culpa And, at first, start with the germ that was in USA. Because the controversy was born in the city of Maulwakee in the sixties, not because it is the first case of sexual abuse, but because it was the first case that came to the attention of society. There, Father Murphy, head of a Catholic boarding school for the deaf, abused children using its difficulty communicating, thinking it would not reach their actions betray. In fact, the documentary shows how the object of desire of the priests was, at first, the deaf group, as in the sixties were still considered almost mentally disabled, and just listened to them was necessary a movement other groups claim as it took place at the time. As an example of this marginalization was the attempt to recount the abuse to police, locked them and left them free without lifting a finger, because they did not believe their statements. They dared not disclose abuse until after graduation, but did so by placing posters around the town which used the code Gangster: "Wanted Father Murphy" *, but no contact number, because it was a wake up call , and meanwhile, the State Church kept secret these cases.

To make their case, the documentary draws on personal interviews with the protagonists and archival footage, with Father Murphy and snapshots of them at boarding school, yet with great subtlety, not enter into his private life. Now here is a certain inconsistency: the respondents are deaf, who communicate with sign language subtitling appears, however, to absolute respect for their sign communication in the plane, never deletes, adds a voice in off of famous actors like Ethan Hawke, who serve as narrators serve benders and verbal documentary. This dubbing can print a higher rate to the narrative, but I think it would have been more radical turn, alone, in the subtitles.

Critique of Mea Maxima Culpa

On the other hand, here is when most moral pitfall documentary is that Alex Gibney has decided to reconstruct a scene prior to sexual abuse, priest input Dormitory Murphy to children, where he selects his next victim and covers eyes with his hands. This scene is filmed with great beauty, bursting with red lighting on the plane, but it is completely unnecessary and, worse, adds curiosity to the subject: with testimonies and archival footage enough, but reconstruct scenes which no document available resource graph is a tabloid television, and precision in the construction of the story, because you can never know how the events unfolded.

But the documentary uses these cases as a reason desencadentante of the plot, as a starting point, and from there, the story spread like a stain on a cloth, adding layers to the core of Milwaukee to move up the significance of his speech . And, as we saw in Taxi to the Dark Side, begins with concrete to keep expanding his speech to the abstract, but always in a very measured graduation enabling the credibility of their arguments. If the documentary on Google Books ties between the concrete and the abstract were produced in too immediate and therefore broke the credibility of the speech, here everything is in a progression that firmly pushes the footage.

Critique of Mea Maxima Culpa

Your first stop is at boarding for pedophile priests that the Paraclete group has built throughout the country, which seeks to reform its methods of religious deviations, not psychological. So, instead of moving society to find specialized treatment, the solution was camouflage, because the prestige of the Church was above all things. The problem is that this prestigious abruptly collapsed when cases appeared in the press.

Also, the most common idea associated with pedophilia in the Catholic Church with the Anglo world, but the documentary tries to demolish that idea: your next stop is Ireland, where he analyzes the case of a priest who dressed Elvis for concerts and abused for decades also deaf children while the Irish Church also maintained silence. And from there he moved to Italy, to approach the center of his critique: the Vatican. Because what you want is to look for Alex Gibney responsibility of the higher echelons at her silence continued, and points to ex-pope Ratzinger, in his office in the Doctrine of the Faith, was aware of cases. They offer very human portrait of the pope, do not want to demonize: say who is scandalized to abuse, but there has been a slow reaction to the controversy.

critique of mea maxima culpa

Criticism of Mea Maxima Culpa to the ecclesiastical hierarchy seem to suggest an idea curia itself produces, structurally, priests prone to sexual abuse, to the rigidity imposed celibacy, hence are specific cases of the Catholic Church . Also, the entire film is constructed with a constant religious complexion music, played the piano, accompanying all albeit subtle statement: the result is that the viewing of Mea Maxima Culpa seems an epiphany, we are witnessing the room as if we were faced with a revelation. Also, if anything stands Gibney is the precise and dynamic printing pace in his documentaries, and leads to an escalation of tension to reach the top from the church. Definitely one of the most memorable of Gibney, and will be talking about after viewing.

4 star

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Billboard Releases in Spain: war and terrorism, impostors and activists and the call of evil

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Thursday, 09 May 2013 23:33

Two Spanish films among Billboard premieres this weekend, fagozitados by the productions in the UK and among those over blockbuster directed by Antoine Fuqua, highlights the first film shot in English by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. But also there is room for an Italian film and a fabulous Canadian proposal develops entirely in Africa.

Stoker billboard premiere

  • Stoker (USA & United Kingdom, 2013) Genre: thriller, drama Address: cahn-wook Park Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, Lucas Till, Ralph Brown, Alden Ehrenreich, Phyllis Somerville, Wendy Keeling, Lauren E. Roman, Tyler von Tagen, Godrèche Argument: India Stoker, a teenager somewhat eccentric, lost his father in a tragic car accident the day he turns 18. His life is shattered. The impassive behavior of India hidden deep feelings that his father only understood. When Charlie, the brother of his father, appears by surprise at the funeral, he decides to take care of her and her unstable mother. Although initially suspicious of his charming and mysterious uncle, he soon realizes that they have much in common. Extracine: first pictures | trailer | curiosities and details | Review

White House releases Obetivo billboard

  • Olympus Has Fallen (USA, 2013) Genre: Action Direction: Antoine Fuqua Starring: Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Dylan McDermott, Ashley Judd, Radha Mitchell, Melissa Leo, Cole Hauser, Angela Bassett, Han Soto, Robert Forster, Rick Yune, Arden Cho, Sean O'Bryan, Tory Kittles, Jason Yee, Amber Dawn Landrum Plot: After an accident in which only manages to save the life of the President, the Secret Service agent Mike Banning is aimed at the U.S. Treasury Department . But when a North Korean commando attack the White House and takes hostage the President and his team, Banning will be forced to get back in action. Extracine: critical

The mule premieres billboard

  • The mule (Spain & United Kingdom, 2013) Genre: Drama, Comedy Director: Michael Radford Starring: Mario Casas, María Valverde, Secun de la Rosa, Luis Callejo, Daniel Grau, Antonio Gil, Jorge Suquet, Alfonso Begara, Pepa Rus, Eduardo Velasco, Alfonso Delgado, Selu Nieto, Jesus Chariot Argument: Corporal Juan Castro, a young Jaén fighting in the national side, is a mule in the middle of the battlefield and decides to hide it to take home at the end of the war .

Rebel billboard premiere

  • Rebelle (War With) (Canada, 2012) Genre: Drama, War, fantastic Director: Kim Nguyen Starring: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda, Mizinga Mwinga, Ralph Prosper, Jean Kabuya, Jupiter Bokondji, Starlette Mathata, Alex Herabo, Dole Malalou, Karim Bamaraki, Sephora Françoise, Jonathan Kombe, Marie Dilou, Gauna Gau Argument in a sub-Saharan Africa, Komona, a girl of fourteen, he tells the child growing inside her the story of his life during the war. It all started when, at age twelve, she was kidnapped by the rebel army. Extracine: official section Berlin 2012 | Berlin palmares 2012 | trailer | Oscar Nominations 2013 | Oscar foreign film 2013 | curiosities and anecdotes | review

Diaz questo sangue non pulire billboard premiere

  • Diaz: non pulire questo sangue (Italy, France & Romania, 2012) Genre: drama, political, historical Address: Daniele Vicari Cast: Claudio Santamaria, Jennifer Ulrich, Elio Germano, Davide Iacopini, Ralph Amoussou, Fabrizio Rongione, Renato Scarpa, Mattia Sbragia, Antonio Gerardi, Paolo Calabresi, Acquaroli Francesco, Alessandro Roja, Eva Cambiale Argument: based on the events of 2001 in Genoa during the G8 conference. Although the city had shielded for the leaders of world powers, a group of activists, mostly students, were locked in the Diaz school and brutally evicted by the police. According to Amnesty International reported in Genoa saw the violation of human rights worst since World War II.

The Imposter premiere billboard

  • The imposter (United Kingdom, 2012) Genre: Documentary Address: layton Bart Starring: Ken Appledorn, Debbie Jennings, Adam O'Brian, Anthony Zanlungo Argument: in June 1994, Nicholas Barclay, a child Texan 13, disappeared without trace. Three years later, he received surprising news about the case: the boy, who has been found in Spain, claims to have been tortured by his captors. After the initial joy of the family to recover, there is a problem inexplicable how is it possible that the Barclay blond son is now brown? Extracine: critical

Mussolini will die billboard premiere

  • Mussolini will die (Spain, 2012) Genre: drama Direction: Rafael Gordon Cast: Miguel Torres, Julia Quintanilla Argument: 1945 last hours spent together the dictator Mussolini and his mistress Chiaretta Petacci before being shot and hung publicly.

The entrance billboard premieres Spain: war and terrorism, impostors and activists and the call of evil appears first in Extracine .


The Informant: Gilles Lellouche trapped in networks of politicians and drug traffickers in Gibraltar

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Thursday, 09 May 2013 22:01

A French film developed on the rock of Gibraltar? It can be seen in the trailer for The Informant, a story so peculiar that it was too funny to pass up. One of the most interesting actors of French contemporary cinema, Gilles Lellouche, sure Ne remember from films like Tell No One, The First Day of the Rest of Your Life, the fabulous À bou portant , the endearing Little White Lies or disappointing them infidèles , who stars in a film directed by Julien Leclercq, head of Làssaut and Chrysalis.

Gilles Lellouche at the trailer for The Informant Gibraltar

This is the "extraordinary" Marc Fiévet true story of an ordinary man and moonlighting as Gibraltar Custom informants, caught in a web of political intrigue and drug trafficking. Fiévet becomes a pawn of international power play between drug traffickers and customs officials. You can judge for yourself what you can bring an argument like this after seeing the trailer for Gibraltar, original title of the film, most striking (at least for a Spanish audience) that his international title of The Informant.

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Gravity: George Clooney and Sandra bullock lost in space

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Thursday, 09 May 2013 20:29

We can see George Clooney and Sandra Bullock lost in orbit in the trailer of Gravity a sci-fi drama directed by Alfonso Cuarón, written by him in collaboration with his son Jonas Cuaron and fellow filmmaker Rodrigo Garcia. A confluence that could definitely an interesting report us so philosophical and metaphorical movie like Children of Men, but I feel that much more distressing.

Alfonso Cuarón on the set of Children of Men

In Gravity, Ryan Stone is a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, while Matt is a veteran astronaut Kowalsmy command of his last flight before retiring. During a routine out disaster strikes when their shuttle is destroyed, swept through a field of debris resulting from the explosion of an asteroid. Completely alone and out of control in the darkness, the deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth ... and any possibility of rescue. When fear turns to panic, every gulp of air finishes with little oxygen is left. But the way home could involve extending through space frightening.

Poster and trailer for Gravity

Admission Gravity: George Clooney and Sandra bullock lost in outer space appears first in Extracine .

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