Behind the Veil: Nuns (1984)

Genres - Culture & Society, Spirituality & Philosophy  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Religions & Belief Systems, Social Issues  |   Run Time - 126 min.  |   Countries - Canada, USA  |  
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This ultimately polemical documentary on the attitudes, activities, and history of nuns is divided into two parts: the first is a series of interviews with three nuns who address topics like social protests, sexual desire, intellectual pursuits, and other aspects of a modern nun's life in Europe or North America, and the second part looks at the history of nuns beginning with female precursors in the Celts of Ireland and continuing with a comparison of ancient European societies based on matriarches and mother goddesses who were obliterated when the Catholic Church gained power. Interesting sidelights, such as a vote held in the early 10th century to decide whether or not women had souls (they did, by one vote) is only one piece of information in the theory presented that women are assuming responsibility to combat the destructive bent of male-dominated governments and military forces -- and the nuns are a part of that activism.

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Catholicism, church, doctrine, nun, religion, women