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International Film Festival

Starting This Fall! | 2020-21 Season

Artists and spiritual writers through the millennia remind us how the capacity to hope keeps us human.  We all too easily live in the illusion of self-sufficiency, relying on our own abilities, or, feeling incapacitated through our powerlessness, succumb to despair.  Samuel Beckett, author of Waiting for Godot, deeply appreciated a line from St. Augustine:  “Do not despair; one of the thieves was saved. Do not presume; one of the thieves was damned.” An essayist elaborated that the mean attitude between presumption and despair is hope. Beckett further stated “. . . where we have both dark and light we have also the inexplicable.  The key word in my plays is perhaps.”  The gift of faith makes the “perhaps” moments in our lives even more poignant.  This season we offer four documentaries and five feature films whose artists evoke all the feelings surrounding hope.  May we feel understood and encouraged to trust in the promise of our God who offers us life and freedom through dying to our self-sufficiency and fear.    

Films will be introduced and followed by a brief discussion facilitated by a Maryknoll missioner.  Come, enjoy and reflect on our faith through the art of film.

September 2020 – May 2021


By Webinar Only



7:30 p.m.

Friday, September 18, 2020


USA 2019
Director: Brian Ivie

Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers Kicks Off
Its 2020/2021 International Film Festival Season.


Emanuel will be the September film in the 2020/2021 International Film Festival sponsored by the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers. It will be shown via a Zoom webinar, one time only on Friday, September 18, 7:30 p.m. This is an online viewing only, and pre-registration is required.

National headlines blazed the story: “Churchgoers Gunned Down During Prayer Service in Charleston, South Carolina.” After a 21-year-old white supremacist opened fire in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, nine African Americans lay dead, leaving their families and the nation to grapple with this senseless act of terror. Featuring intimate interviews with survivors and family members, EMANUEL, from executive producers Stephen Curry and Viola Davis, is a poignant story of justice and faith, love and hate, examining the healing power of forgiveness. Written by Arbella Studios.

The film festival provides nine monthly offerings on Friday evenings from September to May. The current series — “Life through Death – Hope” — includes an introduction by a Maryknoll missioner and a brief discussion after the screening.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Jojo Rabbit

New Zealand/Czech Republic/USA 2019
Director: Taika Waititi

Friday, November 20, 2020

From Mao to Mozart

USA 1979
Director: Murray Lerner

Friday, December 18, 2020

As It is in Heaven

Sweden/Denmark 2004
Director: Kay Pollak

Friday, January 15, 2021

Landfill Harmonic

USA 2015
Director: Graham Townsley

Friday, February 19, 2021

A Special Day

Italy/Canada 1977
Director: Ettore Scola

Friday, March 19, 2021


USA 2016
Director: Kim A. Snyder

Friday, April 16, 2021


USA 2019
Director: Chinonye Chukwu

Friday, May 21, 2021

First Cow

USA 2020
Director: Kelly Reichardt

Register to the international Film Festival

You can also register by calling (914) 941- 7590


We are a Catholic Society of priests and brothers based in the United States. We are dedicated to missionary work overseas in over 20 countries. Additionally, we animate Catholics in the United States to follow their own baptismal call to share God’s compassion and love with the poor, the sick, and all those in need.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Fr. Tom O’Brien, Fr. Ray Finch, Fr. Joe Everson, Fr. Russ Feldmeier)

The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers is overseen by our General Council, led by Superior General Fr. Ray Finch.


L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier

(Our Co-Founders Father Price and Father Walsh)





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Stories of Our Global Mission

The calling of a lifetime

The life of a Maryknoll missioner is challenging, fulfilling, and deeply rewarding. Follow your baptismal call to mission by sharing God’s compassion with the poor, the sick, and people most in need.


Enrich your own vocation, walk-in solidarity with people overseas, and work together with Maryknoll Missioners. We offer US priests and Brothers ordained elsewhere the opportunity to work in overseas missions.

L-R Tom O'Brien, Ray Finch, Joe Everson, Russ Feldmeier
“Go where you are needed but not wanted, and stay until you are wanted but not needed.”
– Bishop James E. Walsh, M.M.
First Maryknoll Bishop
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