Saint Hildegard of Bingen, The 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 stories of how Saint Hildegard influenced their own lives. The filmmaker traveled internationally to capture many of the stories you will hear in this inspiring film. More questions? Contact us today!
An excellent documentary, full of Hildegard’s spirit!
- Matthew Fox, author of “Hildegard of Bingen, a Saint for Our Times: Unleashing Her Power in the 21st Century”
It is our belief that a scheduled screening of the film with an audience that can engage in conversation afterwards is more meaningful than watching the film alone. This has been proven with all our screenings, from Harvard Divinity School, Emory University, to a benefit screening at a movie theater in Louisville, KY where we raised money for a Hildegard inspired comfort care home, to a parish church in Ohio. The opportunities are endless! Learn more!
Saint Hildegard of Bingen is beloved in Germany, USA, UK, Spain and Japan.
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.
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.
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