Film poster for "A STILL SMALL VOICE". Art with three women.
Film poster for "A STILL SMALL VOICE". Art with three women.
Director Luke Lorentzen’s A STILL SMALL VOICE follows Mati, a chaplain completing year-long hospital residency, as she learns to provide spiritual care to people confronting profound life changes


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SHORTLISTED - Academy Awards Documentary Feature Directing Award | US DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION - Sundance Film Festival NATIONAL BOARD OF REVIEW - Top Five Documentaries of 2023 | THE UNFORGETTABLES - Cinema Eye Honors

Spiritual Care • Chaplaincy • Clinical Pastoral Education (CP) • Faith • Healthcare • Mental Wellbeing • Spiritual Questioning • Agnosticism • Judaism • Christianity • Humanism

Date of Completion: 2023 | Run Time: 93 minutes​​ | Language: English with English, Spanish, French subtitles | Captions: Yes | Includes: Transcript | Director: Luke Lorentzen | Producers: Kellen Quinn & Luke Lorentzen | Executive Producer: Robina Riccitiello | Co-Producer & Additional Editor: Ashleigh Mcarthur | Camera & Editing: Luke Lorentzen | Consulting Editor: Mary Lampson 

In most US hospitals, alongside medical responses to illness and injury, lesser-known interventions take place every day. Responding to patients, family members and hospital staff who are experiencing spiritual and emotional distress, chaplains sit at bedsides, helping people to deepen connections with themselves, one another, and a world beyond this one. 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.

Anthony Kaufman | Documentary Magazine
“Exquisite and extraordinarily intimate.” 

Alissa Wilkinson | The New York Times

“Absorbing.” “One of the best films of 2023.” 

Alissa Wilkinson | Vox
“The grace that flows off the screen is gutting.”

Amy Nicholson | The New York Times Critics Pick
“It’s human and messy — and it’s divine.” 

Christian Blauvelt | IndieWire
“Give[s] voice to America’s collective grief in a way that little else has.”

Anthony Kaufman | DOC10 Chicago
“A STILL SMALL VOICE is suffused with such sensitivity, poignancy, and artistry that it’s already being hailed as one of the best documentaries of the year. . . . A profoundly piercing chronicle of an individual under pressure and an institution in crisis.” 

Sheri Linden | The Hollywood Reporter
“Penetrating and deeply moving. . . . Unforgettable.”

Kim Yutani | Sundance Film Festival Director of Programming
“One of the more fascinating journeys I saw this year.” 

Pat Mullen | POV Magazine
“One of the most rewarding character studies audiences will see this year. . . . therapeutically moving and a work of radical empathy for turbulent times.”

Jessica Peña | Next Best Picture
“An illuminating documentary on how pain carries weight on us all. It asks big questions, studies the human psyche, and offers hope.” 

Nicolas Rapold | Sight & Sound
“At once an eloquent reflection on mortality and a quintessential document of the emotional and spiritual burdens of great responsibility, Luke Lorentzen’s A STILL SMALL VOICE finds the universal in the particular experience of a hospital chaplain . . . . Lorentzen’s incredibly attuned, efficient filmmaking set this film apart in a crowded field of works on life and death and healthcare.” 

Elizabeth Weitzman | The Wrap
“A STILL SMALL VOICE holds wisdom enough to apply to us all. [Mati’s] lack of cynicism and her respect and care for patients and their families is so astounding it feels almost miraculous . . . . The camera sits quietly and nonjudgmentally so that soft-spoken subjects can explore and express the grandest themes imaginable: what it means to live, and how we learn to die.” 

Andre Couture | GVN
“Carries immeasurable strength from within.”

Stephen Saito | The Moveable Feast 
“Therapeutic and cleansing.”