*Docville / Fonk (Belgium)
* Hof International Film Festival (München, Germany)
* Cinéma Vérité - Iran International Documentary Film Festival (Tehran, Iran)
* Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (Poland)

In God’s Hand (In der Hand Gottes)

Category |Conflicts, History, Human Interest, Human Rights, Religion
Year | 2014
Country | Belgium
Running time | 67’ - 56’
Format | HD
Production | Sophimages, Artisan Filme, Germany, Hamburg
Director | Peter Woditsch

In the 1960s, a little boy went to mass with his parents. During the communion, he started vomiting. What could he have been throwing up? The boy is now a filmmaker and he looks back on this incident. For this, he meets three priests who chose – or were forced – to cut ties with the Church.

They thought that the word “religion” meant religare – “to bond” – or “love”. They thought that the Church meant compassion and they thought that it served spirituality. But they came upon something else, even exclusion. To preserve their faith, they had to leave the Church.

These three sinners became all the more committed, but they never went kneeling down to ask forgiveness. There is a fourth testimony, that of a woman. The Church never rejected her, because it never accepted her. She stigmatises this basic inequality, reminding us that there is the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit just as there is the mother and daughter.

Through its sincerity and the space it gives to faith and religious feelings, the film puts the Church among people where it should be and has long forgotten to be. Three former priests answer the director’s questions frankly and with no false modesty.


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Peter Woditsch is an award winning German-Belgian film director who studied directing at the Brussels INSAS with postgraduates at Munich & Berlin Film Schools, Ebeltoft & FAMU/Prague.

He works in the fields of feature film directing (ex. the internationally released ”Hey Stranger”, “to be or not to be” a.o.). He made many documentaries in Prague, Taiwan, Russia a.o. And also works as an editor.

Latest worldwide released documentaries include:
“The Lost Secret of Catherine The Great” 52’ & 69’, a Sophimages- de Productie-Artisan Filme coproduction with VRT, RTBF, ORF, YLE, AVRO, TSR, ZDF/ARTE, WDR, Media VAF, NL filmfund.

“Secret Museums”, 53’ &74’, a Sophimages-Artisan Filme coproduction with VAF,VRT, RTBF, ORF, YLE, AVRO, TSR, ZDF/Arte, Media.

“In God’s Hand”, 56’ & 69’, A Sophimages –Artisan Filme-RTBF coproduction, with VAF, FFHSH, VRT.