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Dorothy Day pictured in 1934. Public domain image from the collection of New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection
The Evolution of Dorothy Day
August 18, 2020
We talk with documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier about his latest film, Revolution of the Heart about Dorothy Day – social activist and founder of the Catholic Workers Movement.
The Evolution of Dorothy Day August 18, 2020
The Power of Words
On May Day 1933, nearly 50,000 peaceful protestors gathered in Union Square, New York to rally for an eight-hour workday and to stand in solidarity with laborers around the world. In the crowd was 35-year-old Dorothy Day distributing the first edition of The Catholic Worker.

In this week’s episode, we talk to documentary filmmaker Martin Doblmeier about his latest film, Revolution of the Heart: the Dorothy Day Story, presented by Maryland Public Television, the documentary is currently airing on PBS stations around the country.

Milestones and Moments
We continue to explore Dorothy Day’s evolution with filmmaker Martin Doblemeier.  How does the daughter of a sports journalist emerge as a Bohemian drawn to socialism, anarchism, and Catholicism?  In this segment, we explore the events that led to her conversion, the influence of Peter Maurin, the French immigrant who becomes an important figure in her spiritual development, and the real reason she opened the first hospitality house in New York.


Complicated and Nuanced
In this final segment, Doblemeier describes parallels between the social and economic disparities in 2020, why a new generation continues to open houses of hospitality, and the issues that fueled the growth of the Catholic Worker Movement. Throughout the conversation, one thing remains clear: Day has a complicated and nuanced relationship with institutions of centralized power. Four decades after her passing what is clear, however, is her lasting influence.


Martin Doblmeier, founder of Journey Films and director of Revolution of the Heart: the Dorothy Day Story



Martin Doblmeier. Courtesy Journey Films

Martin Doblmeier
Journey Films


Revolution of the Heart: The Dorothy Day Story

Revolution of the Heart The Dorothy Day Story

Journey Films


Previous shows about the life and ministry of Dorothy Day can be found here and here


Music for this week's episode by MC Yogi, and Collin Carr, Blue Dot Sessions.

Piano arrangement of The Internationale by Andrew Wrangell

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions. The songs Sovereign and Virtutes Instrumenti 
by  Kevin/MacLeod/Incompitech
all licensed under Creative Commons By Attribution 4.0
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