Watch: Trailer for documentary ‘Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God’

Posted on October 29, 2012

A new HBO documentary from Oscar-winning director Alex Gibney, which was selected for the Toronto International Film Festival, tells the story of four deaf men who were abused by a priest at their deaf school in America.

The film, called Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, looks at the abuse, which occured at St. John’s School for the Deaf in Wisconsin, and through this, examines the actions of the Catholic Church.

For a film which highlights the abuse of deaf children, it’s a real shame that the only subtitles you can get on the trailer below are automated ones, which are often inaccurate. UPDATE: this has now been subtitled by a commenter who used Universal Subtitles (thank you!) and can be seen at this link:

This Hollywood Reporter review is also worth a read:


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