They Killed Sister Dorothy

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Overview

Sister Dorothy Stang was a nun from Ohio who was seventy-three years old when she was murdered in Brazil. Stang was part of a group of Christian activists who were working with natives in the Brazilian rainforests to create sustainable agricultural projects to help the locals support themselves without damaging the environment. Stang and her colleagues were also helping native landowners reclaim land that had been stolen or taken from them under false pretenses by ranching and logging concerns. Stang's efforts to...
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Overview

Sister Dorothy Stang was a nun from Ohio who was seventy-three years old when she was murdered in Brazil. Stang was part of a group of Christian activists who were working with natives in the Brazilian rainforests to create sustainable agricultural projects to help the locals support themselves without damaging the environment. Stang and her colleagues were also helping native landowners reclaim land that had been stolen or taken from them under false pretenses by ranching and logging concerns. Stang's efforts to help Brazil's poor did not make her many friends among the wealthy and powerful, and when she was killed, many believed she was the victim of hired assassins working under the command of men wanting to protect their political and economic interests. Filmmaker Daniel Junge directed the documentary They Killed Sister Dorothy, which profiles the late Sister Stang and offers both evidence and informed opinion about who killed her and why. Narrated by Martin Sheen, They Killed Sister Dorothy was a prize-winner at the 2008 South by Southwest Film Festival.
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Special Features

Update; Photos; Film Notes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/2009
  • UPC: 720229914031
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: First Run Features
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 76,032

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Martin Sheen Voice Only
David Stang Participant
Sister Becky Spires Participant
Felicio Pontes Participant
Claudia Cavalcanti Participant
Rayfron Das Neves Sales Participant
Clodoaldo Carlos Batista Participant
Amair Feijoli DaCunha Participant
Vitalmiro Bastos DeMoura Participant
Americo Leal Participant
Dorothy Stang Participant
Bebel Gilberto Singer
Technical Credits
Daniel Junge Director, Cinematographer
Henry Ansbacher Producer
Marcela Bourseau Cinematographer, Co-producer
Pedro Bromfman Score Composer
Davis Coombe Editor
Annie Eastman Associate Producer
Gustavo Gelmini Associate Producer
Bebel Gilberto Songwriter
Philip Lloyd Hegel Sound/Sound Designer
Nigel Noble Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- They Killed Sister Dorothy
1. Introduction [2:31]
2. Impetus [5:04]
3. Cold Blooded [12:31]
4. Fight for Land [10:22]
5. Federalization [4:21]
6. New Beginning [9:12]
7. Broken Promises [7:03]
8. Tato's Trial [9:13]
9. Into the Courtroom [9:47]
10. If One Falls [15:21]
11. Esperanza [6:01]
12. Credits [1:46]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- They Killed Sister Dorothy
   Start Film
   Chapters
   Special Features
      World Premiere at SXSW Film Festival
      Updates From Sr. Becky Spires and David Stang
      Filmmaker Commentary
         Play Film With Commentary by Director Daniel Junge, Editor Davis Coombe and Associate Producer Annie Eastmen
      Director's Statement
      Director Biography
      Photo Gallery
      More Great Films
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2011

    Jaw dropping good.

    This film exposes the injustice pervasive in the Brazilian legal system, the power of money, and the priority given to the interests of big cattle ranchers and big logging companies with complete disregard to human life and the importance of the disappearing rain forest.

    The brutal murder of an elderly nun left to die in a muddy road meant far less to the Brazilian legal authorities than protecting the wealthy ranchers and loggers in the area. This film serves two purposes: it shows truckload after truckload of rain forest trees on their way out of the forest, reminding us of just how relentless the assault on the forest is, and it screams for justice for a gentle, determined nun who lost her life defending and fighting for the local poor who are willing to try sustainable practices in an area that will otherwise be clear cut for profit.

    The actions and dialog of the lawyers are almost incomprehensibly outrageous, and at times it feels like a Three Stooges skit. The fact that they would act and talk like that on camera illustrates their contempt for the law. Junge did a fantastic job of showing the farce that is the Brazilian Ministry of "Justice".

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The documentary was slightly disappointing. It provided very limited information on anything other than Sister Dorothy's murder and the trials. The focus is narrow, gets bogged down on Lot 55, bureaucratic and legal minutia, misses the wider context.

    This was a great story that was unfortunately NOT placed in its rightful context by the producers. Sister Dorothy dies as a result of her noble struggle to establish sustainable living conditions for the landless Brazilians. The documentary mentions nothing about the living conditions of the landless. We don't see where they live, what their daily struggles are like, nor the scale and scope of the problem of landless peasants in Brazil. Only one or two Brazilian activists talk, very briefly, throughout the whole documentary. It does not illustrate the stark contrast between them and the rich cattle ranchers in the Para region of Brazil. The footage is repetitive: trees being cut, carried away in trucks, rainforest devastated... over and over... So why not interviewing with the ranchers? Are they crazy? Why are they committing such an obvious act of destruction? Why not talk to the Brazilian authorities? What is their explanation for the irreparable devastation of these global natural assets? Yet, the documentary asks none of these questions.
    The main focus of the documentary is the trial process. These parts were rather frustrating as well. The court scenes look like set up, mock court rooms. Probably because I don't understand Portuguese, the way the lawyers speak looks so over the top, almost like poor acting...
    In the end, I'm glad I watched it, but found it not very useful for educational purposes or for classroom teaching.

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