BODIES AND SOULS illumines the quiet efforts of Sister Manette, a white Catholic nun running the only health clinic in rural Jonestown, Mississippi. The residents of Jonestown, a largely African American town in the heart of the Delta, embody a common condition faced by low-income rural Americans, struggling to obtain the basic medical care they need. Nearly every family here is touched by both diabetes and heart disease. Yet many lack the resources to see a doctor more than once or twice in their entire lives. The film follows Sister Manette through her daily challenge of providing the only health care services this underserved community has seen in the last fifteen years. Through intimate observational scenes of her with her patients, BODIES AND SOULS profiles Sister Manette’s humble labors “to help save bodies, so that the souls can come alive.”
OFFICIAL SELECTION: Cinequest Film Festival, Magnolia International Film Festival, Kansas City Filmmakers Jubilee, Dam Short Film Festival, George Lindsey UNA Film Festival, Southern Fried Flicks, Black Mariah Film Festival, San Francisco Black Film Festival, Hawaii Girlfest, Jacksonville Film Festival, VisionFest NY, Oxford Film Festival, Indie Memphis Film Festival, Stanford in Entertainment, International Festival of Cinema and Technology. AWARDS: Best Documentary at Delta International Film Festival, Best Short Documentary and Best Student Film at Magnolia International Film Festival, Director’s Choice Award at Black Mariah Film Festival, 1st Runner Up for Best Documentary at Dam Short Film Festival.