Reviews & Quotes

★★★ 1/2 Highly Recommended (Video Librarian) | P. Hall
"Feinberg wisely refrains from passing judgment on the fanatic frenzy that his subject inspired [...] [O]verall this is a fascinating tribute to an iconoclastic figure most often overlooked in civil rights history lessons. Highly recommended." 

Huffington Post | Princess-India Alexander
"The documentary, in its examination of the mission’s history, follows the history of a man and mission who fought against segregation, fed and empowered the poor and believed that God was here on Earth. Through this film the movement’s impact is tangible."

Film Threat | Joshua Speiser
"On so many levels, this is an engrossing and rich film that sheds light on a unique and little known historic American figure. But, it is also about race, community, faith, and our need as humans to be part of something larger than ourselves. Superbly directed, paced, and scripted, with a master integration of contemporary interviews and archival footage, this is a film that stays with the viewer long after the credits have ended. It demands to be seen."

Aleteia | Elizabeth Scalia
"The documentary is at once skeptical and respectful, troubled, and affectionate. Feinberg is not putting these people on display for anyone’s mockery or amusement. His film is the study of a man who preached peace to people who wanted that message more than any other, and of the people who still proclaim it and live quiet, celibate lives of duty, directed toward the god in whom they have believed. In the process Feinberg manages to cast reasonable doubt on some of the ways and means of the movement while also helping the viewer understand how and why Father Divine won the love and loyalty of these people."

Cleveland | John Petkovic
"Over 94 minutes, the fascinating documentary uses archival footage and interviews with followers to craft a layered, complex portrait of Father Divine - the spiritual leader who led his International Peace Mission and transformed what was once a small African-American church into a multinational, multiracial movement."