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  • Directors: Oren Jacoby
  • Producers: Oren Jacoby, Elgin Smith, Kellie Pyffer, Peter LeDonne, Risa Perlmutter Goldstein
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Docurama
  • DVD Release Date: June 27, 2006
  • Run Time: 39 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FBFZ1S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99,003 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sister Rose's Passion" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Sister Rose at the Tribeca Film Festival
  • Outtakes
  • Discussion with Sister Rose
  • Oren Jacoby on The Charlie Rose Show
  • Filmmaker statement
  • Filmmaker biography

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Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary SISTER ROSE’S PASSION tells the inspirational story of a most unlikely activist who has made the battle against anti-Semitism her life’s work. This poignant, must-see film chronicles the life story of Sister Rose THering, a gutsy Dominican nun who had the courage, the toughness, and the passion to resist the status quo and push for what she believed was right. Sister Rose’s work had a direct bearing on the historic Vatican II Council that reformed the Catholic Church’s position on Jews and Judaism, and it is her spirit of resistance that shines throughout this documentary as she continues her energetic crusade amidst the swirl of controversy that surrounded Mel Gibson’s blockbuster film The Passion of the Christ. With SISTER ROSE’S PASSION, award-winning fimmaker Oren Jacoby has created an exceptional portrait revealing "how one person can change the world" (The New York Times), keenly capturing Sister Rose’s determination and unprecedented sense of right and wrong. DVD Features: Sister Rose at the Tribeca Film Festival; Outtakes; Discussion with Sister Rose; Oren Jacoby on The Charlie Rose Show; Filmmaker Statement; Filmmaker Biography; Interactive Menus; Scene Selection

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Oren Jacoby's powerful 2004 film Sister Rose's Passion won the Best Documentary Short award at the Tribeca Film Festival and was nominated for an Oscar, two commendations that helped bring recognition to the life's work of Sister Rose Therling. Therling, a Dominican nun who entered the order in 1938, made it her mission to expunge anti-Semitism from Catholic teachings. She made enough of an impression on the church's powerful hierarchy (some of it through sheer embarrassment) that her research and outspokenness had a direct impact on the historic Vatican II Council, which declared that Jews as a people could not be blamed for the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. Jacoby makes liberal use of some wonderful old footage and photographs showing us what Sister Rose's life and career were like at a time when Jews were routinely demonized in Catholic texts, classrooms, and churches. He also shows us a doddering Therling still hard at it, speaking to young Jewish students as well as adult members of a council of Catholic universities. Much is said in protest of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, which, Therling and others in the film claim, cherry-picks ideas from sundry gospels to present yet another customized case for the Jews being Christ's murderers. This stirring movie reminds us that one determined person can go a long way toward righting an old wrong perpetrated by millions of others. --Tom Keogh

Customer Reviews

This video is inspirational to watch.
Michael Rubell
Sister Rose's Passion explores the story of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who has devoted her life to battling anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church.
R. McOuat
There's a nice surprise at the end of the film.
Jesse Kornbluth

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jesse Kornbluth TOP 500 REVIEWER on December 14, 2006
Format: DVD
"Why did the Jews want to put the Son of God to death?"

That's the question some very pleasant people --- Christians, all --- ask at the start of "Sister Rose's Passion." And the answer is not a brainbuster. They all seem to know it: The Jews are Satanic creatures. Killing Jesus was their destiny --- and, now, their mark of shame.

"Sister Rose's Passion" was released in 2003, the year that --- not coincidentally --- saw the release of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ." One film is notorious: It made a fortune and got reams of press. The other is little known: It was shown on HBO and at film festivals, it was nominated for (but did not win) an Academy Award in the Best Documentary category.

But size isn't everything. Authenticity matters. Courage matters. The truth, odd as it seems, also matters. And so, although Gibson's admirers might not like it, these films are linked. How? Because Oren Jacoby and his subject, Sister Rose Thering, rudely jumped the large zone of politeness around Gibson's movie and tied it to the long, nasty history of blaming the Jews for the murder of the King of the Jews. Sister Rose's review of "The Passion of the Christ" is blunt: "There's no scholarship. It's shocking."

What's much more shocking is Sister Rose, who was, at the time of filming, an 84-year-old Dominican nun. For there is nothing in her background that suggests she would dedicate her life to educating the elders of her church about its corrosive, historically incorrect anti-Semitism. She was a farmer's daughter. Grew up in aptly named Plain, Wisconsin. Became a nun in 1938.

In years to come, she would travel to Auschwitz. Her report: "The guide told me you could smell the burning flesh for miles.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Charles on January 3, 2007
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Sister Rose was a true heroine. If she is right, that the way to eliminate hate is by being careful what we teach our children, there is hope for the future.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. McOuat on November 1, 2007
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Sister Rose's Passion explores the story of Sister Rose Thering, a Dominican nun who has devoted her life to battling anti-Semitism within the Catholic Church. In the film, Sister Rose recalls how she "almost got ill" reading the Catholic texts that were being used across the country to educate school children. Jews were being vilified as the murderers of Christ. She made it her calling to dedicate her life's work to justifying the church's malevolent practices. In doing so, she encountered much resistance to her work. For example, one bishop in Milwaukee, in asking her not to publish her work, suggested that she should not "hang our dirty laundry." But as Sister Rose retorted, "I listened to what he had to say and then I hung it." It is that spirit of resistance that stands out throughout the film.

The crowning accomplishment of her career occurred when the Catholic Church decided to address Jewish-Catholic relations, and Augustine Cardinal Bea requested Sister Rose's dissertation. Influenced by Sister Rose's work, the Vatican issued "Nostra Aetate," a document that declared the Jews not responsible for the death of Jesus. This groundbreaking shift in church policy led to widespread changes in Catholic education throughout the world. Her work extended beyond the Catholic Church. For example, Sister Rose was instrumental in the passing of a bill that makes holocaust education mandatory in every school in New Jersey.

For Sister Rose, I would suggest that her act of trust was with God and with the Catholic Church. Despite her outrage with church policy, she decided to remain within the framework of the Catholic Church.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maryelen in Vermont on June 30, 2013
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The wonderful story about a woman who asked the same question for most of her life. She took it upon herself to find the answer and share it with the world. A moving documentary.
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This video is inspirational to watch. Sister Rose was a no-nonsense woman of valor, a leader, and someone who tenaciously sought the truth about the Catholic Church's systemic anti-semitism. Her tough-mindedness and willingness to stand up for what is right eventually brought change to the Church itself and positive change in the relationship between Catholics and Jews.

The film is well done and allows the viewer the meet the real Sister Rose without painting an idealized version of her.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By edmomqby on November 5, 2006
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I did learn a little bit about the Catholic Church's anit-semetic rhetoric before Vatican II which I was unaware of. This movie is simply an interview with Sister Rose who was instrumental in getting the language changed in Church teaching materials so that Jews aren't viewed as "Jesus killers" any more. The movie was a bit slow and I felt that it didn't go into much depth as far as what Sister Rose had to go through to get the changes made. I'm not sorry I watched it, but I doubt that I will watch it again...
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