At a time when religious hatreds dominate the world’s headlines, Sacred explores faith as primary human experience: how people turn to ritual and prayer to navigate the milestones and crises of private life. Compiling footage from top independent filmmakers in more than twenty-five countries, Thomas Lennon’s Sacred is a tour de force as he unifies these scenes into a single work. The film is told without narration, without experts and, for long stretches, without words at all.

Pan de Vida (Bread of Life)

This is Alejandro’s testimony as a gay priest. Father Alejandro knows many of his colleagues are gays or lesbians who will not openly express affection for fear of expulsion from the Church. He lives Christianity as a religion of happiness and joy, not punishment and suffering. In that light, he lives openly gay without guilt.