Winner of the prestigious 2019 Hot Docs Roger Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Feature and the DGC Special Jury Prize, Prey is a riveting and unflinching account of a survivor of clergy sexual abuse and his lawyer as they take on the Catholic Church.

Widespread sexual abuse within the Church has traumatized thousands globally. Many have only recently come forward to speak publicly, while others have been silenced through financial settlements. But PREY follows one survivor as he pursues justice through a public trial in the hopes of forcing the dark and hidden story of clergy sexual abuse to light.

The trial is not about guilt or innocence, but about how much money the church must pay in compensation for the devastating fallout from the abuse. More importantly, for the plaintiff, it is about exposing the truth of how and why the sexual abuse of children can have gone on for so long without the Church stopping it. It’s the story of one survivor’s efforts to seek justice. A story that echoes thousands of other sexual abuse victims’ stories around the world.


  • Year: 2019
  • Duration: 83 & 55 mins
  • Production: Border City Pictures
  • Director: Matt Gallagher
  • Available Versions: ENG
  • Country of production: Canada



  • Hot Docs 2019 - Toronto, Canada (Rogers Audience Award for Best Canadian Documentary); Hot Docs 2019 - Toronto, Canada (Special Jury Prize Canadian Feature); Cinéfest International Film Festival 2019 - Canada; Calgary International Film Festival 2019 - Calgary, Canada; Mondovisioni Festival 2019 - Italy; Forest City Film Festival 2019 - Canada; Windsor International Film Festival 2019 - Canada; KDocs Film Festival 2020 - Canada; DocsMX 2020 (Mexico).

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