Documentary Feature | 81 minutes

HIFF 2022

 Documentary Competition

Directed by
Sinéad O'Shea

Produced by
Sinéad O''Shea, Maya Derrington

Written by
Sinéad O'Shea

East Coast Premiere

2022 | English | Ireland

Director Sinéad O’Shea returns home to the small Irish town of Navan to shed light on the painful grip that the Catholic Church held over her community for decades. Skillfully weaving together rare revelatory interviews, archival footage, and present-day investigations, she uncovers a dark history of abuse condoned by the Church, including the horrors of mother-and-baby homes and the persistent violence against schoolchildren. While exposing the co-dependent relationship among Church, State, and the Irish people that allowed for widespread abuse, PRAY FOR OUR SINNERS also reveals unlikely heroes and quiet victories, provides uplifting moments of closure, and celebrates the resilience of Navan’s townspeople.

Scheduled to attend: Director Sinead O’Shea