Debi (1960)

Follows an aristocrat in rural Bengal, Kalikinkar Choudhuri, who hallucinates and worships his daughter-in-law as an incarnation of Kali.  The film treads a thin line between delusion and piety, shedding light on religious fanaticism.

Carrie (1976)

Portrays the teenager Carrie's turbulent relationship with her fanatically religious and unstable mother Margaret.  The film explores the association between religious trauma, patriarchy, misogyny, and mental illness. 

Brideshead Revisited (2008)

Follows the tragic romance of an atheist English artist Charles Ryder and Lady Julia Flyte, an English aristocrat whose family is torn by its staunch Catholic faith. The famous adaptation sheds light into the socially disruptive nature of religious OCD and blind faith. 

Mother! (2017)

Uses biblical allegories to drive a plot in which a couple's life changes after strangers start arriving at their home.  The film uses the Genesis creation narrative to examine climate anxiety and the psychology of survival. 

Boy Erased (2018)

Follows the closeted gay son of Baptist parents and his unwilling participation in his church's conversion program.  The film explores how religion and homophobia triggers mental health disorders and unscientific therapies in the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Hala (2019)

Follows the Pakistani-American teenager, Hala, who is torn between her family's Islamic values and her love for skateboarding. The film sets the exploration of self-identity vs communal identity and expectations against the backdrop of a Muslim family. 

The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Follows the notorious 1970s "It preacher couple" Tammy Faye and Tim Bakker and their commercialization of Christianity.  The film sheds light on the way religion can be manipulated to benefit a select few. 

The Unholy (2021)

Uses horror to explore superstition and religiosity in a Marian miracle in a small New England town. The film sheds light on disability and the genetics of mental health conditions and how these can affect an individual's life in the long run. 

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