Dorothy Day: Don't Call Me a Saint


57m 2006

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Born in 1897, Dorothy Day was a noted journalist and social activist by the time she was in her early 20's. She wrote for Marxist papers, joined the Industrial Workers of the World, and was arrested for participating in various social protests. By the age of 30, she had had an illegal abortion, been

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2006

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Duration
57m

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Born in 1897, Dorothy Day was a noted journalist and social activist by the time she was in her early 20's. She wrote for Marxist papers, joined the Industrial Workers of the World, and was arrested for participating in various social protests. By the age of 30, she had had an illegal abortion, been divorced, and entered into a common-law marriage with the father of her daughter. With this kind of background, one must wonder: How is it that Day (who died in 1980) now finds herself on the path to sainthood, already bestowed by the Vatican with the title "Servant of God"? Turns out, this remarkable woman lived several lives during her 83 years. A mid-30's conversion to Catholicism led to alienation from many of her old atheist comrades, but in 1933 she cofounded the Catholic Worker newspaper. The subsequent movement spawned by this publication became one of the leading proponents for social and economic justice, supporting the poor through its Houses of Hospitality program. By 1941, 30 such institutions existed in the U.S., Canada, and England. Today, there are more than 180 around the world, and as a result, Dorothy Day has left an everlasting mark on society at large.

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Release Date
2006

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Duration
57m

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Released in United States 2006

Shown at Tribeca Film Festival (NY, NY Documentary Feature Competition) April 25-May 7, 2006.