Docs In Theaters: ‘Maidentrip’ and ‘Band of Sisters’


Nonfics is not able to review every documentary and nonfiction film released in the U.S. That’s why Docs In Theaters is here to provide at least a guide to all the new releases, without critical thoughts. Where available, we will link to our own review of the film or a review at our sister site, Film School Rejects.

Band of Sisters

Directed by Mary Fishman

Edited by Bernadine Colish (Herb and Dorothy)

Music by Miriam Cutler (Lost in La Mancha; Ghosts of Abu Ghraib)

Official Synopsis: Band of Sisters tells the story of Catholic nuns and their work for social justice after Vatican II of the 1960s. For Catholics who wonder what became of the nuns they knew in habits and convents many years ago, for activists who may feel profoundly discouraged given the problems of today’s world, for women seeking equality in their church, and for people of all faiths yearning for an inclusive and contemplative spirituality, Band of Sisters challenges us to ask what really matters in life. And as we seek what matters, how do we go about changing our lives and the world around us? [Official Website]

Nonfics Rating: n/a

Now playing at Cinema Village in New York City.

For details on current and upcoming theatrical openings, check the screenings page on the film’s website.


Directed, produced and written by Jillian Schlesinger

Executive produced by Rebecca Ritchie Brower (Our Nixon), Louis Venezia (Our Nixon), Gill Holland (Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me) and Dominic Cicere (Color Me Obsessed)

Edited and co-written by Penelope Falk (Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work)

Featuring Laura Dekker

Official Synopsis: 14-year-old Laura Dekker sets out — camera in hand — on a two-year voyage in pursuit of her dream to be the youngest person ever to sail around the world alone. In the wake of a year-long battle with Dutch authorities that sparked a global storm of media scrutiny, Laura now finds herself far from land, family and unwanted attention, exploring the world in search of freedom, adventure, and distant dreams of her early youth at sea. Jillian Schlesinger’s debut feature amplifies Laura’s brave, defiant voice through a mix of Laura’s own video and voice recordings at sea and intimate vérité footage from locations including the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia, Australia, and South Africa. [First Run Features]

Winner of the audience award for the Visions program at the 2013 SXSW Film Festival.

Nonfics Rating: ★★★★ [Review by Christopher Campbell]

Now playing at the IFC Center in New York City.

Also screening next week at the Women in Cinema Festival in Seattle.

For details on current and upcoming theatrical openings, check the playdates page on the film’s website.

(Editor in Chief)

Christopher Campbell is the founding editor of Nonfics.