Chances: The Women of Magdalene

InIspiring uplift abounds in “Chances: The Women of Magdalene,” a slickly produced but unmistakably sincere docu about a femme Episcopalian priest’s outreach program to rehabilitate Nashville prostitutes. Theatrical potential is limited, but pic could find appreciative auds through tube and nonprofit exposure. DVD already can be ordered at the Web site for helmer Tom Neff’s Documentary Channel cable network.

The Rev. Becca Stevens — chaplain of St. Augustine’s Chapel at Vanderbilt U. — operates Magdalene as a last-chance support organization for prostitutes (many of them recovering substance abusers) who frequent the Music City’s notorious Dickerson Road neighborhood. Clients in the two-year program gain a sense of self-worth, and obtain training and work experience while preparing beauty products for Thistle Farms, a cottage industry that generates Magdalene funding. Pic touches briefly yet respectfully on Rev. Stevens’ background and motivation — she was sexually abused at an early age — but focuses primarily on her program’s clients, who prove remarkably candid while describing past ordeals and future plans. Feisty Clemmie Greenlee emerges as first among equals, and her response to tragedy provides of one the pic’s many emotional highlights. High-def video lensing enhances the pic’s intimacy.

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  1. get your crap together girls – stop using excuses ok you chose drugs

  2. its not removed idiots

  3. For God’s sake!!! This is the FOURTH documentary I’ve tried to watch today that has been removed; Who controls this site? Why post titles that are unavailable? Hello??????

  4. Where can I find and watch the documentary now? Thanks!

  5. I am really sad that this video was removed, after reading the description I thought, WOW, I found something of real value here.  Is there any chance that it will be put up again?