Interview with Lourdes documentary writer Sixtine Leon-Dufour


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James and Thomas 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 miracle

Watch this interview on YouTube:


Watch our review of Lourdes:

Check here to find out where Lourdes is playing (including 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

Watch the trailer:

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