When Hell Freezes Over

The Story of Father James Groppi

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A documentary about the man behind the collar of a Milwaukee Catholic priest who provoked civil authority and the holy order to march toward social justice and human rights.

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The Life of Father James Groppi

'We’re introducing a story of an activist,' Rutkowski said. 'There’s definitely a spirit of activism within this younger generation. I think his story will appeal to those individuals.' ~ Urban Milwaukee
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‘When Hell Freezes Over’ — the life of
Father James Groppi

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The film can motivate 'those people who are not activists in social justice, to see that this was an individual who wrestled with the definition of what it was to be human, what it was to be a spiritual individual, a Christian and a Catholic.' ~ Wisconsin Examiner

When Hell Freezes Over: New Documentary Celebrates the Life of Father James Groppi

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The story of Father Groppi remains a fascinating lesson, and infrequently told history about Milwaukee, relevant to ongoing cultural conversations about the city’s condition and future. ~ Milwaukee Independent

Milwaukee Documentary Remembers
Father Groppi

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Fighting for social justice requires stepping outside of one’s ‘tribe’ or comfort zone, the default lens through which most of us form our opinions. This is where empathy, the tool of activism comes in. ~ Shepherd Express