Based on the 2009 investigative book by BBC correspondent Martin Sixsmith, The Lost Child of Philomena Lee, PHILOMENA focuses on the efforts of Philomena Lee (Dench), mother to a boy conceived out of wedlock—something her Irish-Catholic community didn't have the highest opinion of—and given away for adoption in the United States. In following church doctrine, she was forced to sign a contract that wouldn't allow for any sort of inquiry into the son's whereabouts. After starting a family years later in England and, for the most part, moving on with her life, Lee meets Sixsmith (Coogan), a BBC reporter with whom she decides to discover her long-lost son.
The “Faith in Film” series, brought to you by area churches, businesses, and organizations in conjunction with Maiden Alley Cinema, exists to provide a venue for the screening of though-provoking films. Following each film will be an optional discussion period, facilitated by the sponsor, during which all will have the opportunity to express their thoughts regarding the challenges and messages of the film. The “Faith in Film” series is not restricted to any particular denomination or faith. We welcome all, of any faith background, to come and enjoy the show!