THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY

Washington D.C. Premiere

THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY


THEY KILLED SISTER DOROTHY (USA, 2008, 94 min.)

Washington, D.C. Premiere On February 12, 2005, a 73-year-old nun from Ohio was shot six times and left to die on a muddy road deep in the Amazon. Her murder shocked the world and revealed a sordid battle in the Brazilian rainforest. Who was she? What led to her murder? And what will be done about it? The answers could hold the key to the future of the rainforest itself. This film follows the powerful real-life courtroom drama that reveals the incredible behind-the-scenes story of Dorothy’s murder. For 30 years Sister Dorothy Stang had worked in the Brazilian Amazon, trying to improve the lives of the region’s huge underclass. In the final years of her life, her attention turned to the rampant destruction of the Amazon, one-fifth of which is already destroyed.  Her answer to the problems of deforestation and poverty was the Sustainable Development Project, which allowed landless workers to farm sustainably while keeping the rainforest intact. The program met with violent opposition from the region’s powerful loggers and ranchers, and Sister Dorothy was their target.  Well aware of the dangers she faced, she continued to stand up for the rights of landless workers until the moment of her death. Directed by Daniel Junge. Narrated by Martin Sheen. Produced by Henry Ansbacher and Nigel Noble.

Ticket/Reservation Info:

$10 General Admission; $8.50 AFI Members; $9 Seniors (65+), Students (with valid ID), and Military; $6 Children (12 and under). Tickets may be purchased at the box office (opens 30 minutes before the film) or online at www.afi.com/silver

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, Md. (METRO: Silver Spring)

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