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Behind the Veil

Directed by Margaret Wescott
Canada, 1984 (documentary, 130 minutes, colour, English)
Behind the Veil
Photo © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"The history of nuns mirrors the history of all women—in what we are taught about the past, women are almost invisible. Although today's one million nuns outnumber priests two to one, they must struggle to be heard by the all-male Roman Catholic hierarchy from which they are excluded. Behind the Veil: Nuns is the first film ever to record from a global perspective the turbulent history and remarkable achievements of women in religion, from pre-Christian Celtic communities to the radical sisters of the 1980s. Contemporary nuns of strength, dignity and commitment speak of their lives and of their predecessors."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Written by: Gloria Demers
Produced by: Signe Johansson, Kathleen Shannon
Narrator: Gloria Demers
Cinematography: Susan Trow
Film Editing: Rosemarie Shapley, Margaret Wescott, Donna Read
Music: Micky Erbe, Maribeth Solomon
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

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