Free In Deed | Denver Film Society | Jake Mahaffy | USA

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Overview

In this intense drama based on a true story, Melva, an impoverished mother, brings her disruptively autistic son to a storefront church in Memphis after the health-care system fails him. There she meets Abe, a self-styled faith healer desperate to perform a miracle—but prayer doesn’t seem to work any better than medication. In fact, it may hurt.

Alternately claustrophobic, welcoming and stirring and as it observes the small, disadvantaged community at its heart, Jake Mahaffy’s wrenching account of social injustice stars Edwina Findley (The Wire) as Melva, David Harewood (Homeland) as Abe and breakout star RaJay Chandler, rising to the challenge of the role of young Benny.

Producer: Michael Bowes, Mike S. Ryan, Brent Stiefel | Editor: Jake Mahaffy, Simon Price, Michael Taylor | Cinematographer: Ava Berkofsky
Cast: David Harewood, Edwina Findley Dickerson, RaJay Chandler, Kathy Smith, Helen Bowman 
Additional Countries: New Zealand

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