An Unruly Mystic: Saint Hildegard of Bingen

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, an unruly Mystic is an inspirational 65 minute documentary of how the filmmaker, Michael Conti, reaffirms his life’s creative work when he fell in love with a 12th century Saint. Over fifteen people shared their stories of how Saint Hildegard influenced their own lives.  The filmmaker traveled to Europe to capture many of the stories you will hear in this inspiring film.  

Besides having been premiered  in Germany, the film is available for screenings in multiple languages, German, Spanish and Japanese, and can be streamed online for personal use as video on-demand, DVD, and is also available for public screenings to your community.

Please watch the trailer below:

Saint Hildegard of Bingen, an unruly Mystic

Evokes a calling, that sweet spot of creativity that we all yearn to play in, which is also spiritual in nature. She is venerated for her widely recognized impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians, doctors and educators.

Join us in connecting more deeply with your own mystic.  

Saint Hildegard, the unruly mystic is available in English, German Spanish and Japanese.

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Story behind my film

People ask me how I came to make a documentary about Saint Hildegard of Bingen. I don’t see this film as a religious historical documentary, but a prescriptive documentary of how one woman that is still widely unknown (although recently canonized and made a doctor of the church by the Vatican in 2013) can continue to have a profound impact on today’s theologians, artists, musicians and educators.

Interviewing Sister Hildegard

Interviewing Sister Hildegard at the Saint Hildegard Abbey, Germany

It all started two years ago when I decided to take my first ever pilgrimage to the Rhineland.  I took a 10-day retreat which was billed as a Birthing Vision, coinciding with spring equinox in the Rhineland, and the opportunity to immerse into the Light and Greening Power of Hildegard.  The result of that retreat was for me the start of a film entitled The Unruly Mystic which is a prescriptive documentary of how I as the filmmaker reaffirm my life’s work when I fell in love with a 12th century Saint.  It is a journey that has now taken me to Germany several more times, and given me to the opportunity to meet artists, writers, musicians, theologians and doctors around the world that have found their life changed by Saint Hildegard.

Included in the film are other insightful interviews with Benedictine Sr. Lydia from the Abbey of St. Hildegard, Germany; Professor Beverly Mayne Kienzle at the Harvard Divinity School; Linn Maxwell, a world-class mezzo soprano on her one-woman Hildegard show, The Living Light; Dr. Wighard Strehlow’s healing work at the Hildegard Center in Allen Bach, Germany; and American Episcopal priest and theologian Matthew Fox.  Read more about the Filmmaker.