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FILM: WHAT THE CHURCH KNEW

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The Freedom Film Society, the organization that serves up the Red Bank International Film Fesitval each fall, will screen “Deliver Us From Evil” next Wednesday night at the Clearview Cinemas on White Street.

Directed by Amy Berg, “Deliver Us From Evil” is a documentary that explores the trail of emotional devastation left in the wake of Father Oliver O’Grady, the most notorious pedophile in the history of the modern Catholic Church.

With footage of both the mass predator — who confesses to his crimes without remorse or self-reflection — and his victims, the movie explores the question of what senior officials of the church knew of O’Grady’s pedophilia and the efforts they took to keep it under wraps.

“Deliver Us,” which was nominated for an Oscar this year (but lost out to Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth”) is the second entry in the society’s Freedom Film Series, which debuted last month with “AIDS, Inc.,” a Gary Null fim that played to a full house.

The series aims to bring the best in new independent documentaries, features and rarely seen shorts from the Toronto, Tribeca, Palm Beach, and other major film festivals to Red Bank. Each screening is followed by a Q&A discussion.

Next month’s scheduled feature is “Snake Hill,” followed in July by “The Bet Collector.”

The series runs on the second Wednesday evening of the month at 7:30p. Admission is $8 for society members and $10 for non-members. Tickets are available through the society website and at the door.

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