Created Equal

Synopsis: A cocky, up-and-coming attorney, begrudgingly takes on a case to sue the Archdiocese of New Orleans for sex discrimination; after a woman, who's desperate to become a priest, solicits his help.
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Director(s): Bill Duke
  11 wins & 2 nominations.
91 min

[relaxing mystical music]

[church bell chiming]

[children laughing and shouting]


[Sister Jean] Careful Samantha.

You nearly knocked me down.

Samantha, what do you say?

Excuse me, Sister Jean.

I'm sorry.

- Aw.

- Sister Alejandra.

My doofy brother says girls

can't do what boys can do,

- because we're weak.

- [Alejandra] Nonsense.

You can do and be anything

you want when you grow up.

Even President

of our great country.

Don't you forget that.

[Samantha] I wanna be

like Father John and hold mass

and serve bread and wine

and communion when I grow up.

[Alejandra] Well,

that would be wonderful...

[Sister Jean] Or, Samantha,

you could be a Sister, like me.

And teach in a beautiful school

or a big hospital.

[Sister Jean]

Or you can work with the poor.

But you can never be a priest.

[Sister Jean clapping]

Let's go, children.

[soothing music]

Let's go.

[phone vibrating]

Who the hell is Sasha?

[Nicki] You heard me.

Okay. So, you're just

gonna ignore me?

Why are you searching

through my phone?

Do not answer my question

with another question.

That's the kind of thing

that makes me think

I can't trust you.

Do not flip this on me.

Who is she?

[Tommy] She's just some chick.

I can't control who texts me.

- Some chick?

- Mm-hmm.

Well, 'some chick' said

that y'all were gonna hang out


Well, how's that possible

if I'm gonna be with you?

So, why don't you go buy

the sexiest little black dress

you can find.

You think you can buy me,

don't you? [keys jangling]

It's working, innit?


[keys jangling]

- Kind of.

- [door clicks open]

[Alejandra] Help me, Father,

with this challenge.

[Alejandra] I know I'm called

to guide Your people

and to do Your holy will.

[Alejandra] Help me, Father,

with this challenge.

I know I'm called

to guide Your people

and to do Your holy will. Amen.

Good day, Father John.

Sister Alejandra.

We need to talk.

Yes, Father.

Once again,

I have word that you're speaking

with the young girls

about women going into

the priesthood.

- Father John...

- And worst of all,

you yourself have applied

to the seminary

to study for the priesthood.

Now, what kind of an example

are you setting for these girls?

Father, I wanna do what you do.

I wish to bring the word

of Jesus Christ to His people.

You already do.

I do not, Father.

You know I don't.

[Father John]

In your own way, yes.

It's not enough, Father.

I pray and pray

and the message is the same.

I believe in my heart

that Jesus wants me to minister.

That he wants me

to become a priest.

It is my calling.

You know that the church

will not allow women

to become priests.

[Father John]

There are so many things...

Father, they are not...

- They will have to be.

- [Alejandra] Why, Father?

Why shouldn't a woman be allowed

to become a priest?

[Father John]

It is the law of the church.

Now look, we have had

this discussion several times

over the past year.

You leave me no choice.

You are no longer to work

with the students.

You are now assigned

to assist with the shut-ins.

[Father John] Do you understand?

Yes, Father, I understand.

Have a blessed day, Sister.

[bright music]

Sister Alejandra,

where are you going?

I'm leaving the school,

but soon you'll have

a new teacher

and she'll help you learn

amazing things.


No, you are a teacher.

We want you, Sister Alejandra.

That won't be possible.

Will I ever see you again?

I promise

you will be in my heart.

I will keep it always.

Thank you.

Alejandra, I am so sorry

it had to come to this.

You just have to be so careful

when going against

church doctrine.

[Sister Jean]

What will you do now?

[Tommy] Hey, Sasha, it's Tommy.

Sorry I missed you last night.

I got hung up at work.

[Sasha] It's okay.

We must talk tonight.

Yeah, I'll call you later.

[Tommy] All right, bye.

[tram bell ringing]

[lively pop music]

[unintelligible lyrics]

[song fades out]


Good morning, Mr. Reilly.

Good morning, darling.

How are you this fine Monday?

I am tired.

How's your boy? Is he still

giving you a hard time?

Oh, he just discovered girls.

Why don't you bring him in?

I can have a talk.

[Betty laughs] Oh no, baby.

Listen, so it's

your mother's birthday.

- Mm-hmm.

- I sent her a gift from you.

- Thank you very much.

- You're welcome.

Hey, who's Alejandra Batista?

Oh, that's a matter

sent over by Dunbar.

- All right.

- Fine.

- Tommy,

- Huh.

- Call your mother.

- No.

[knock on the door]

[Tommy] Take a seat.

Brief me on the Solas case.

[Silk] Sure. Gwen Solas.

Gender discrimination case.

Brilliant executive,

denied promotions,

paid less

than her male counterparts.

It's an open to shut trial,


It's a statement case

for other women

bumping into the glass ceiling.

Now, of course, my heart

really bleeds for Gwen.

Except when you get

in front of a jury of eight men

and they don't agree.

Uh, set up

a settlement conference.

[Jane] If we settle, we'll be

leaving money on the table.


Assuming we win in court,

where the odds against

the plaintiff are two to one.

So, there's a litigation risk.

Not to mention the reputation

cost for the firm if we lose.

Take the sure settlement.

Tommy, you're not afraid

of trials, are you?

[scoffs] What's our demand?

- [Silk] Two point five.

- What are they?

- [Silk] Seven fifty.

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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