Through The Lens: ‘Rebel Hearts’

Mar 18, 2021

As protests and calls for social reforms swept through the country in the 1960s, a group of nuns in Los Angeles saw the need for change in their own conservative, cloistered world.

By the mid-60s, The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary were teaching thousands of students in over 80 schools across L.A. But these nuns had no say in their workload or even proper training to deal with and teach their students. As they started to push for greater freedoms, they came in direct conflict with their Archbishop, who saw them as not only subversive, but dangerous to the Catholic Church. We’ll talk about the 2021 Sundance documentary Rebel Hearts, which tells the story of these pioneering feminists, this Friday at 11 a.m.


  • Pedro Kos, filmmaker and director of the documentaries Bending the Arc, Solea and most recently, Rebel Hearts.
  • Shawnee Isaac-Smith, film producer, screenwriter and executive producer of the 2021 documentary Rebel Hearts. 
  • Rosa Manriquez, ordained Roman Catholic priest, celebrant for Holy Wisdom Catholic Community and, within the Immaculate Heart Community, a member of the Commission on Justice for Immigrants and Refugees. 
  • Dr. Sheila Briggs, Associate professor of Religion and Gender Studies at University of Southern California

Please join us for our free online screening of Rebel Hearts followed by a Q&A with director Pedro Kos on Tuesday, March 23 at 7 p.m. MT. You can find the link to the screening at