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“American Jesus,” a feature length, personal documentary, is a portrait of American faith and the challenges that test and stretch what we believe and why.  Diagnosed at forty-three with early onset Parkinson’s disease, filmmaker Coleman Hough, takes us on a personal journey as she travels from her native South across the country in search of a medical and spiritual cure.  

The story begins in South Carolina, where filmmaker Coleman Hough, haunted by the Jesus of her childhood, and driven by living with a degenerative illness (at 44 she was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson's disease), asks the question, “Who is Jesus?” to open a broader dialogue about faith and life’s seemingly insurmountable challenges.  

The remarkably candid answers from a diverse selection of people (believers, non believers, scholars, spiritual leaders, and people living with chronic illness) reveal a tender humanity and potentially surprising beliefs about Jesus in present day America.

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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts