In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith Reel Affirmations 13: Washington DC Gay and Lesbian Film Festival

Date: Saturday, 10/23/2004
Time: 12:00 pm

Venue: Lincoln Theatre
Tickets: $9 (buy online now)

Type: Feature presentation

Metro Weekly Rating: (4 out of 5)

by Will O'Bryan

SISTER JEANNINE Gramick may not be a household name, though many gay people have heard of her. She's the gay-friendly nun who stood up to the Vatican. Well, yes, but her story deserves much more attention.

Barbara Rick's documentary about Gramick, In Good Conscience: Sister Jeanine Gramick's Journey of Faith offers a profile of a hero whose courage, humility, warmth and charm are living testament to the noblest definition humanity. From St. Peter's Square, to a sidewalk with some of the Rev. Fred Phelps's homophobic minions, to an afternoon at her local beauty parlor, Rick's portrait of Gramick is rich.

Rather than interview others about their opinions of Gramick, Rick has created a film that allows viewers to simply observe Gramick interact in a variety of milieus. Gramick's constancy, honesty and optimism are a joy to watch.

Conscience expertly allows audiences to revisit a story they thought they may have already heard. Regardless of one's views on the Catholic church, or religion and gays, anyone can appreciate Gramick's story, as well as Rick's thorough and respectful style of presenting it.

More information

Film Links:
· Reel Affirmations details
· Internet Movie Database

Festival Venue:
Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009. (202) 328-6000. (map)
Directly across from Green Line Metro / U Street-Cardozo station.

You may buy your tickets or passes in advance: Online at or by phone at (800) 494-TIXS (494-8497). Or you may visit the Lincoln Theatre (1215 U Street, NW, WDC); the DCJCC (1529 16th Street, NW, WDC); Lambda Rising (1625 Connecticut Avenue, NW, WDC); or Universal Gear (1601 17th Street, NW, WDC).

For more info visit the official Reel Affirmations website.