In Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God. Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney exposes the abuse of power in the Catholic Church and a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses 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 - 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 the US. - 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 shows the Pope - who must operate within the mysterious rules of the roman Curia - as both responsible and helpless in the face of evil.
Alex Gibney is the winner of the 2008 Academy Award for Best Documentary for "Taxi to the Dark Side." Before that, Gibney wrote, produced and directed the 2006 Oscar-nominated film, "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room," which received the Independent Spirit Award and the WGA Award. His most recent films as director include: "Client 9:The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer;" "Magic Trip" and "The Last Gladiators.' He is currently editing an untitled project on WikiLeaks and Julian Assange for Universal Pictures.
For HBO Documentary Films: Executive Producer: Sheila Nevins
Supervising Producer: Sara Bernstein
Cast/Featuring: Jamey Sheridan, Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, John Slattery
Narrator: Alex Gibney
Executive Producer(s): Lori Singer, Jessica Kingdon
Producer(s): Alex Gibney, Jedd Wider, Todd Wider, Alexandra Johnes, Kristen Vaurio
Director(s): Alex Gibney
Screenwriter(s): Alex Gibney
Cinematographer(s): Lisa Rinzler
Editor(s): Sloane Klevin
Composer(s)/Music: Ivor Guest and Robert Logan
Sound Designer(s): Allan Zaleski
Other Credits: Co-Producer: Sloane Klevin
Courtesy of: Presented by Jigsaw Productions in association with Wider Film Projects and Below the Radar Films
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