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“Exposes the intricate relationship between diplomacy, politics and religion and the heavy price of neutrality.” - UK Jewish Film Festival

As World War II looms on the horizon, Pope Pius XI calls on a humble American priest to help him challenge the evils of Nazism and anti-semitism. But death intervenes, and a new pope, Pius XII, carries out a very different response to Hitler and the Holocaust. 

Holy Silence tells the dramatic story of the Vatican's actions – and inactions – during World War II and the years leading up to it. Featuring Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn as the voice of President Franklin Roosevelt, the film focuses on the little known story of Americans – from priests to presidents – who worked behind the scenes in hopes of persuading the Holy See to be a strong moral voice against Hitler and fascism.

Rating

E

Duration

72

Director

Steven Pressman