Rebel Hearts

In 1960s Los Angeles, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary bravely stood up to the patriarchy of the Catholic Church, fighting for equality, their livelihoods, and their own freedom against an all-powerful Cardinal who sought to keep them in their place. Their bold acts of faith, defiance and activism turned the Church upside-down, helping to reshape our society in ways that continue to resonate more than fifty years later. From marching in Selma in 1965 to the Women’s March in 2018, they challenged the notion of what a nun and a woman were supposed to be — and they continue to take a stand today.


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Engage and inspire students to create change with Rebel Hearts.

Film runtime: 1 hour, 43 minutes

Film rating: Not rated. Most appropriate for high school students.

This film received a Thumbs Up from the Roger Ebert site. Read the review here.

Rebel Hearts Curriculum Guide

Lesson 1: The Context of Change (U.S. History, World Religions)
Lesson 2: Change Comes to the Immaculate Heart of Mary Sisters (World Religions)
Lesson 3: The Power of Corita Kent’s (Sister Mary Corita’s) Calligraphic Art (Art History, Studio Art)

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You can learn more about resources for Celebrating Women Through Film, including Rebel Hearts, in this article on our website.

This film and resource was featured on the Religion Matters Blog in an article about Teaching Religious Literacy Through Film and in an article highlighting Ten Documentary Films That Celebrate Women of Faith.

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