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A STILL SMALL VOICE Trailer: Luke Lorentzen’s Sundance-Winning Doc Captures the Power of Spiritual Healing

A year in the life of a hospital chaplain is captured in Luke Lorentzen’s newest documentary, A Still Small Voice. The subject that is tackled head-on is grief, which is shown through the eyes of Margaret “Mati” Engel as she tries to provide comfort to patients and their families while dealing with her own faith and the emotional impact of her job. It had its world premiere at Sundance where Lorentzen picked up the U.S. Documentary Directing Award. His 2019 documentary Midnight Family explored the healthcare system in Mexico through an unflinching, adrenaline-raising lens. Here, he takes a much quieter approach to capturing a much different side of the U.S. healthcare system while still providing a profound, no-holds-barred look. Abramorama has just released the official trailer ahead of its release in theaters next month.

Here’s the official synopsis:

A STILL SMALL VOICE 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. Following his acclaimed 2019 film MIDNIGHT FAMILY, director Luke Lorentzen digs into Mati’s spiritual work as an entry point to explore how we seek meaning in suffering, uncertainty, and grief. 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. As Mati and her patients take stock of their lives and experiences, space opens up to reflect on our own.

A Still Small Voice opens at DCTV Firehouse in New York City on November 10 and LA’s Laemmle Royal on November 17, with other markets to follow. Watch the official trailer below.

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M.J. O'Toole began writing for HtN in early 2021 during the Sundance Film Festival. An NYC native and lifelong cinephile, his favorite films include Chungking Express, The Three Colors Trilogy, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Lovers on the Bridge, and Midnight Cowboy. He is the Digital Marketing Manager for the agency 3rd Impression - working alongside Editor-at-large Matt Delman - that specializes in digital marketing for independent film. He holds a BA from Adelphi University and a Masters in Digital Photography from the School of Visual Arts. You can check out his portrait and street photography on Instagram.

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