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Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God on DVD in June

24 April 2013

Having tackled corporate corruption in Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005), and US torture policy in Taxi to the Dark Side (2007), Oscar-winning documentary-maker Alex Gibney has turned his attention to the incendiary issue of child abuse in the Catholic Church.

In Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God, Alex Gibney explores the abuse of power in the Catholic Church through the story of four courageous deaf men, who in the first known case of public protest, set out to expose the priest who abused them. Through their case the film follows a cover-up that winds its way from the row houses of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, through the bare ruined choirs of Ireland’s churches, all the way to the highest office of the Vatican.

Hailed by the critics at the Toronto International Film Festival and the London Film festival (where it won the Grierson Award) Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God features the voices of Chris Cooper, Ethan Hawke, Jamey Sheridan and John Slattery.

Described by Variety as "A powerful, necessary contribution to a chilling body of reportage" and Empire as "A horrifying story, boldly told," Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence In The House of God will be released on UK DVD on 24th June 2013 by Element Pictures Distribution at the RRP of £15.99.

You can read Jerry Whyte's extensive look of the film here.

Surprisingly, given the director, no extra features have been listed, so here's a trailer: