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DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

NO GREATER LAW

Directed by Tom Dumican
FEATURE DOCUMENTARY 89 Minutes World Premiere
FILM GUIDE NO GREATER LAW
Residing in a rural patch of Idaho’s rugged Treasure Valley are the Followers of Christ, an ultra-devout Christian sect who believe in God, family, and faith healing. Members of the church, which dates back to the 1890s, refuse medical treatment of any kind—and, as a result,the small community experiences a staggeringly high child mortality rate, estimated at 31 percent by some local reports. Inside the church, these deaths have largely gone unscrutinized, for the elusive and private Followers invoke their constitutional right to religious freedom. But to outsiders—including the local sheriff and former members—the deaths are examples of medical neglect and reason for prosecution.

With unprecedented access to his subjects, director Tom Dumican explores the controversy by examining the actions and passionate opinions of those who have a stake in both sides of the issue. Authorities investigate the group and work alongside lapsed members to change the state laws that have protected the Followers and stymied the sheriff. As the Followers push back, difficult questions arise about the boundaries of religious liberty and the responsibility of the government to intervene in the affairs of a historically religious and individualistic state. No Greater Law attempts to unpack this cultural and political rift in how Americans think about religion, making for a riveting story with no easy answers.

—Brian Gordon
Documentary, First Time Filmmaker
About the Director(s)
Tom Dumican has spent the last decade directing and producing documentary films for the likes of National Geographic, Vice, History, and MSNBC. No Greater Law marks Dumican’s feature-film directorial debut.

Film Info
  • Section:
    Documentary Competition
  • Year:
    2018
  • Length:
    89 minutes
  • Language:
    English
  • Country:
    UK, USA
  • Premiere:
    World
Cast & Credits
  • Director:
    Tom Dumican
  • Producer:
    Jesse Lichtenstein
  • Cinematographer:
    Arthur Mulhern
  • Composer:
    Stuart Miller
  • Cast:
    Dan Sevy, Linda Martin, Kieran Donahue, Nathan Kangas, Bill Shippy
  • Screenwriters:
    Tom Dumican, Jesse Lichtenstein
  • Editors:
    Mags Arnold, Colin Monie
  • Executive Producers:
    Molly Thompson, Elaine Frontain Bryant, Robert Sharenow, Emma Cooper, Thomas Benski

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