Interview with Lourdes documentary writer Sixtine Leon-Dufour

Jul 23, 2021

In this interview originally from Criteria: The Catholic Film
Podcast, Thomas Mirus and James Majewski interview Sixtine
Leon-Dufour, writer of the new Lourdes documentary, one of the best
religious films in recent years. She discusses:

-Her background caring for the sick at Lourdes

-How she convinced the Lourdes authorities to give secular
filmmakers unprecedented shooting access to this holy place

-How a documentary about a Marian pilgrimage got the support of
a large French secular film studio and became a big success

-Depicting the wide range of people at Lourdes

-How the filmmakers found sick people who would let them film
intimate and painful parts of their life

-The role of the writer of a documentary

-Why people come to Lourdes even if they are not hoping for a

Watch this interview on YouTube:


Criteria: The Catholic Film Podcast

Watch our review of Lourdes:

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upcoming virtual screenings):

Want to bring LOURDES to your town? Contact Distrib Films (in
Brooklyn). The contact is François Scippa- Kohn, who can be reached
by email at

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