Nuns on the Bus

Directed by Melissa Regan.

Sister Simone is a Catholic nun, a lawyer, an author, and a lobbyist.

In 2012 the Vatican censured the majority of American nuns for promoting “radical feminist themes.” And, Sister Simone’s organization NETWORK, a 40-year old Catholic social justice lobbying group founded by nuns, was specifically called out for focusing too much on poverty and justice issues and not speaking out against abortion and same-sex marriage.

Sister Simone and NETWORK responded by elevating the voices of Catholic Sisters even higher with a cross-country “Nuns On The Bus” tour, drawing attention to critical social justice issues including immigration reform, health care, and economic justice.

Suddenly Sister Simone seemed to be everywhere, appearing on 60 Minutes, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, Bill O’Reilly, Bill Moyers, The Rachel Maddow Show, the 2012 Democratic National Convention, and even a presidential meeting in the Oval Office.

Our film goes behind the scenes of Simone’s media spotlight, revealing both her public personae and private intimate moments. It’s in the space between these two that we come to understand what kind of leader Simone is and the challenges we face.