IN GOD’S HAND / DANS LA MAIN DE DIEU
Director: Peter Woditsch
Documentary | BE | 2014
69 min | Dolby 5.1
49th Hof International Film Festival
A young boy accompanies his parents to mass. While the others are partaking in the Holy Communion, the young boy suddenly feels nauseous and vomits. Why does one feel nauseous, and at that, in a church? Today, the young boy is a filmmaker and tries to understand what happened back then. He meets three people, who, like himself, have since left the church. But the others were priests who firmly believed that the word ‘religion’ – and everything religious – was the tie that bound them together or that meant love. They also believed that the church offered compassion, empathy and spirituality. But they got to know a different kind of church. In order to save their faith, they felt compelled to leave the church …
A fourth protagonist has her say, Kristin Vanschoubroek. In young year she, too, felt a calling to serve God. But, being a woman, she was denied the opportunity to become a priest. She attests to this fundamental inequality and reminds us that in addition to the Trinity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, there is also the mother and the daughter. The three former priests, the Austrian Adolf Holl, the German Horst Herrmann, and the Belgian Luc Hessel answer candidly and without shirking the provoking and often not simple questions regarding religion, belief and prayer.