A Still Small Voice (2024)
Director: Luke Lorentzen Run Time: 93 min. Release Year: 2023
Country: United States
About the film:
Best Director – U.S. Documentary, 2023 Sundance Film Festival
Shortlisted for Best Documentary Feature at the 96th Academy Awards
In most US hospitals, alongside medical responses to illness and injury, lesser-known interventions take place every day. Responding to patients, family members and hospital staff who are experiencing spiritual and emotional distress, chaplains sit at bedsides, helping people to deepen connections with themselves, one another, and a world beyond this one.
A Still Small Voice (2024) follows Mati, a chaplain completing a year-long residency at New York City’s Mount Sinai Hospital, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes. Acclaimed director Luke Lorentzen digs into Mati’s spiritual work as an entry point to explore how we seek meaning in suffering, uncertainty, and grief.
“one of the most rewarding character studies audiences will see this year… therapeutically moving and a work of radical empathy for turbulent times.”
—Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
Through Mati’s experiences with her patients, her struggle with professional burnout, and her own spiritual questioning, we gain new perspectives on how meaningful connection can be and how painful its absence is.
About the filmmaker:
Luke Lorentzen is an Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker and a graduate of Stanford University’s department of Art and Art History. His most recent film, A Still Small Voice (2024), premiered at the 2023 Sundance Film Festival where it won the U.S. Documentary Best Director Award. His previous film, Midnight Family (2019), has won over 35 awards from film festivals and organizations around the world including a Special Jury Award for Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival, Best Editing from the International Documentary Association, and the Golden Frog for Best Documentary from Camerimage. Midnight Family was shortlisted for the 2020 Best Documentary Oscar and was a New York Times ‘Critics’ Pick’. Lorentzen’s other work as a director and cinematographer includes the Netflix original series, Last Chance U, which won an Emmy for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary in 2020. With Kellen Quinn, Lorentzen is a co-founder of the independent production company Hedgehog Films.See our upcoming films