The U.S Premiere of Alex Gibney's documentary MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD at the Landmark Oriental Theatre on October 5th during the 2012 Milwaukee Film Festival. Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a coverup that winds its way from our hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland's churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican. By investigating the secret crimes of a charismatic priest who abused over 200 deaf children in a school under his control - St. John's School for the Deaf in St. Francis - the film shows the face of evil that lurks behind the smiles and denials of authority figures and institutions who believe that, because they stand for good, they can do no wrong. The film documents the first known public protest against clerical sex abuse in our country - long before the crisis in Boston a struggle of more than three decades that ultimately led to a lawsuit against the Pontiff himself. These heroes, four deaf young men, set out to expose the priest who had abused them and so many others by trying to make their voices heard. Their investigation helped to uncover documents from the secret Vatican Archives that show the Pope - who must operate within the mysterious rules of the Roman Curia - as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil. MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD makes its television debut on February 4th on HBO, and was produced by Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films. Video shot and edited by Milwaukee filmmakers Matthew Mixon and Gino Gaglianello+ More details
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