Michael Schmitt; 2017; Germany; 74 min. in German with English subtitles
This intensely moving documentary illuminates the complexities of a life caught between deep faith, the strictures of the Catholic Church’s “Missio” (canonical authority to teach Catholicism), and the entanglements of the church and German state. Marika achieves her lifelong dream of teaching students the Catholic faith, but her relationship with Anke is contrary to the “moral ethics” the Missio requires. Eventually, she must make a terrible choice between her teaching and living a fully authentic life. Voices of tradition and modernism include family, a canonical lawyer, a theologian, and a former Missio teacher forced out because he was gay.