Rebel Hearts & Joyful Protest
Pedro Kos and Face2Face host David Peck talk about the new film Rebel Hearts, hypocrisy, patriarchy and institutions, reform and systemic change, movements and oppression, the power triangle, anti-intellectualism and why it’s so important to protest with joy.
In 1960s Los Angeles a trailblazing group of nuns, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, bravely stood up to the patriarchy of the Catholic Church, fighting for equality, their livelihoods, and their own freedom against an all-powerful Cardinal who sought to keep them in their place. Their bold acts of faith, defiance and activism turned the Church upside down, helping to reshape our society in ways that continue to resonate today. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, they challenged the notion of what a nun and a woman were supposed to be.
These unlikely resistance fighters, including Anita Caspary, Helen Kelley, Pat Reif and iconic pop artist Corita Kent, were devoted to a life of service, not only to others but to themselves - forming a community that empowered each sister to live up to her fullest potential. Their desire to bring the church into modern life was met with forceful opposition at every turn. As each of them discovered their own talents and voices, they fully stepped into their roles as leaders in a movement that is still making waves.
In the feature documentary REBEL HEARTS, director Pedro Kos combines incredible archival footage, stunning animation and two decades of interviews gathered by the film’s producer Shawnee Isaac-Smith, to beautifully illuminate the story of these incredible women.
Most recently he wrote and produced Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer’s Netflix Original Documentary The Great Hack which premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and was nominated for a Bafta award and shortlisted for an Academy Award.
His feature directorial debut Bending The Arc premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. Previously, he edited Jehane Noujaim’s Academy Award nominee The Square which earned Pedro an Emmy Award for Best Editing for a Non-Fiction program, Lucy Walker’s Academy Award Nominee Waste Land and The Crash Reel (2013 SXSW Film Festival Audience Award winner), Jon Shenk’s The Island President (2011 TIFF Documentary People’s Choice Award winner) among others.
Pedro is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and received his B.A. in Theater Directing from Yale University.
Image Copyright and Credit: Rebel Hearts and Pedro Kos
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