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How does an exorcist keep up with demand? This disturbing documentary shows us.

Deacon Greg Kandra - published on 10/30/17

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A new documentary-film depicting the efforts of priests in Sicily to keep up with an increasing global demand for church-sanctioned exorcism has been released in the UK.

‘Deliver Us’, which opened in selected UK cinemas on Friday 27 October, shows people travelling from across Sicily to Father Cataldo’s mass of liberation in Palermo every Tuesday, and for private sessions with the exorcist. Demand is so high that Father Cataldo turns many away. He even conducts deliverance via mobile phone.

Read on.

The Los Angeles Times review:

The primary subject of “Deliver Us” is Father Cataldo Migliazzo, a Sicilian priest who has developed an international reputation for taking claims of demonic possession seriously. But as fascinating as Father Cataldo is, viewers are just as apt to be moved and even shocked by his clients, who include a skittish agoraphobe to a man who confesses to dark sexual compulsions.

The subject matter of “Deliver Us” is sensational, but Di Giacomo’s approach is more in the spirit of documentarian Frederick Wiseman, where very little is explained. Audiences are immersed in the day-to-day business of a man who confidently advises some obviously mentally ill individuals to submit to his expertise — while they writhe and hiss and growl like beasts.

The film’s final minutes expand beyond Father Cataldo, observing that the rite of exorcism is growing in popularity around the world. “Deliver Us” offers no theories as to why. Instead, Di Giacomo listens patiently to people who earnestly believe that they’re plagued by a supernatural evil. In a way, their calm certitude is as scary as any actual demon.

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