Robert Greene’s latest self-reflexive documentary is a therapeutic collaboration with six adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Catholic priests.
With films like Actress, Kate Plays Christine, and Bisbee ’17, Robert Greene has made a name for himself as one of the most original directors working in nonfiction today, often working closely with his subjects to craft pieces that blur the line between real life and performance. Perhaps the most groundbreaking expansion of Greene’s collaborative process yet, Procession focuses on six men still grappling with the psychological pain of having been abused as children by Catholic priests. Working with a team of therapists, Greene collaborates with the men to craft short films addressing some of the darkest moments from their pasts. As the men work together to write, storyboard, and film these deeply personal vignettes, they hope to transpose the trauma that they’ve been carrying for decades, gaining control over their stories and, hopefully, finding some manner of peace. At once rigorous and deeply personal, Procession is an absorbing, moving look at the power of creative expression to the cathartic power of creation.
In Competition: Documentary Feature
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