Free in Deed

  • 98'
  • USA
  • 2015
"God never gives us more than we can carry." This mantra is often urged upon Melva, the single mother in this intense and stylish drama, by her fellow believers. Well-meant advice that is of precious little use to her, because she’s looking desperately and in vain for a cure for her son, who seems possessed by the devil.
After a failing health care system has left her stranded and her son is no longer welcome at school on account of his behavioural problems, she finds solace with a church religious community where speaking in tongues and the laying on of hands are everyday practices. Minister Abe, a lonely man with a complex past, is determined to help his underprivileged fellow humans. But is fervently believing in salvation really the solution?
In this drama based on a true story, all elements point to disaster: from the distorted, ominous sounds to the leaden grey skies. A powerful, complex and extremely human story about the effects of blind faith.

Director
Jake Mahaffy
Countries of production
USA, New Zealand
Production Year
2015
Festival Edition
IFFR 2016
Length
98'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Mike S. Ryan, Michael Bowes, Georgina Allison Conder
Production Companies
Greyshack Films, New Zealand Film Commission
Sales
Stray Dogs
Screenplay
Jake Mahaffy
Cinematography
Ava Berkofsky
Editor
Simon Price, Jake Mahaffy, Michael Taylor
Production Design
C. Michael Andrews
Music
Tim Oxton
Cast
David Harewood, Edwina Findley
Local Distributor
De Filmfreak
Website
http://freeindeedfilm.com