Free in Deed

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Free in Deed

Directed by Jake Mahaffy

  • USA, New Zealand 2015; 98 min
  • Original version: English
  • Genre: Drama
    • Orizzonti Award for Best Film - Venice IFF


Set in the distinctive world of storefront churches, and based on actual events, FREE IN DEED depicts one man’s attempts to perform a miracle. When a single mother brings her young boy to church for healing, this lonely pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child... and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control.

Director's Statement

How can a man crush a child to death, while believing the entire time that he is helping him? This was the most infuriating question, according to news stories that appeared over 12 years ago about an actual faith healing gone wrong. And that’s the question that started this project... 12 long years ago. “Laying hands” on people to deliver them from any manner of affliction is a common religious practice. If they struggle or the afflicting spirits fight back, they may need to be restrained. FREE IN DEED is an ecstatic tragedy about a man with good intentions, compelled to demonstrate God’s divine love, while being completely unable to connect in any humane way with the people living around him.




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