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Un documentario sulla pedofilia clericale. Dopo aver tentato inutilmente di distribuire questo film attraverso i canali tradizionali, il regista Paul Cultrera ha deciso di autorizzare i radicali a metterlo online per il pubblico italiano.



Il documentario Hand of God è andato in onda per la prima volta sul canale pubblico americano PBS il 16 gennaio 2007, ha partecipato a innumerevoli concorsi vincendo numerosi premi, ma in Italia i canali tradizionali si sono rifiutati di distribuirlo. Il documentario è stato presentato il 22 giugno 2007 dal Partito Radicale Transnazionale presso la Sala delle Colonne della Camera dei Deputati. Erano presenti gli autori Joe e Paul Cultrera. 

Audience Award Best Feature Documentary 

Ashland Independent Film Festival

Audience Award Best Documentaryry

Kansas International Film Festival

Best Feature Documentary

Tupelo Film Festival

Special Recognition Award

Boston International Film Festival

Best Documentary

SNOB Somewhat North of Boston


 Ashland Independent Film Festival

Florida Film Festival

Cinequest Film Festival

Sedona International Film Festival

Boston International Film Festival

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival

Tupelo Film Festival

DocFest Atlanta

Calgary International Film Festival

Kansas International Film Festival

DocNZ: Int'l Doc Festival of New Zealand

Connecticut Film Festival

Vermont International Film Festival

Mount Shasta International Film Festival

St Louis International Film Festival

SNOB (Somewhat North of Boston) Film Fest

Santa Fe Film Festival

MassBay Film Festival


That rare thing when it comes to works on this theme -- a film informed by passion without histrionics, and a sober and moving family saga.

Dorothy Rabinowitz, Wall St Journal

...quite possibly the most gripping and illuminating documentary ever made from the point of view of a sexual abuse victim...The film works not only as journalism but also as cinematic art..

Robert W. Butler, The Kansas City Star

“Hand of God" is both an affidavit against the Catholic archdiocese and a novena to the Cultrera son's elderly parents, who revered the church, but loved their children more.

Alessandra Stanley, New York Times

Cerebral...forceful, especially as an indictment of the Catholic Church protecting its own.

Dennis Harvey, Variety

Hand of God is like a symphony that builds through a leisurely first movement, quietly foreshadows a coming tempest, then unleashes itself. And when that tempest comes, it is a fine and glorious example of speaking truth to power. Hand of God is exceptional documentary work.

Michael Moore, The Missoulian

A provocative and powerful movie...Like a great detective story, Hand of God peels away layers of blind faith to reveal the truth.

The Orlando Sentinel

Joe Cultrera wages, in effect, a war of images...Those images function as somber revelations about the misuse of spiritual power.

Claudia Bayliss, South Bend Tribune

Poised and impassioned...manages to rise above an irrational and indignant damning of the Church.

Nina Maclaughlin, The Boston Phoenix

Hand of God needs to be seen, if only because Frontline approaches the subject with sensitivity and a refreshing lack of hysteria. Remarkably, the film manages to strike a nice balance between faith and anger; the result is both humane and hard to forget.

Alex Strachan, The Montreal Gazette

I applaud Joe Cultrera for having the balls to make this film.

Brian Hughes, Entertainment Insiders

The story unfolds with humble determination and healing humor, leading slowly but surely to a kind of proud acceptance that hits home with almost any right thinking person.

Marie Coady, Woburn Daily Times Chronicle

The chilling impact of Joe Cultrera's emotionally and physically draining polemic elevates it beyond a mere movie until it becomes...an experience for the audience to partake in...his film is the most moving documentary since "Grizzly Man."

John Thomason, Orlando Weekly

What's most remarkable is that this film manages to be probing but not maudlin, largely courtesy of the victim's refusal to be consumed by the effort of coping. Ultimately, the film is not about being a victim of sex abuse but about the blindness dogma inculcates in its adherents.

The Missoula Independent

The press has been quite taken with another church-abuse doc, "Deliver Us From Evil"...That is too bad, because "Hand of God" is superior in almost every way.

Grant Gallicho, Commonweal Magazine

A remarkably powerful and personal film

Kevin McDonough, Lawrence Kansas World