73-year-old Ohio nun’s shooting death in Brazil is the subject of They Killed Sister Dorothy

Four years ago, a 73-year-old nun from Ohio was shot to death in a Brazilian rainforest. Tonight, HBO debuts They Killed Sister Dorothy, a documentary that “examines [Dorothy Stang’s] life work in the rainforest of Brazil, and follows the sensational trials and arrest of the three men who killed her,” according to HBO.

Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Henry Ansbacher, the film is narrated by Martin Sheen, and will be broadcast on HBO 2 tonight at 8 p.m., and then throughout the month. It won the audience and jury prizes at SXSW last year,

The network says her death “exposed a sordid ongoing battle that was taking place in the Amazon rainforest, and raised questions about Sister Dorothy herself. Was she a martyred social advocate or, as some claimed, a social agitator? What powerful economic and political interests led to her murder? Will justice prevail and her legacy endure, or will she be vilified and her life’s work destroyed?”

Here’s the trailer, which makes the film look super-compelling:

They Killed Sister Dorothy
They Killed Sister Dorothy [HBO]

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