Some films highlight the connection between religion and society while still telling personal stories.

Helmrich, whose family has ties to Indonesia and both Islam and Christianity, was drawn to making a documentary about the lives of a
Muslim family with a Christian matriarch in the nation's most populous Islamic country.

"Butt Naked" is a personal story of a man seeking redemption after a 14-year civil war had killed 250,000 Liberians. Several scenes show the allegedly reformed warlord face-to-face with relatives of his victims, but why and how they forgive is left to the viewer to speculate, along with the question of whether such a sinner can truly be redeemed.

"We were interested in knowing if somebody made a transformation this extreme, what would it look like?" said co-director Daniele
Anastasion. " ... How much do you have to do to balance the scales? Is it even possible to balance the scales?"


Following is a brief synopsis of the major films dealing with faith, religion or spirituality at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival:

"Abraxas" -- A depressed Buddhist monk tries to reconnect with his punk rock past.

"The Catechism Cataclysm" -- A young priest who's lost touch with his flock reconnects with a high school acquaintance for a canoe trip.

"Higher Ground" -- Vera Farmiga, the Oscar-nominated actress from "Up In The Air," directs and stars in this movie about a woman seeking answers from a fundamentalist Christian community.

"Kinyarwanda" -- The first dramatic feature film produced by Rwandans intertwines six accounts of survival during the Rwandan genocide, including stories about a priest and an imam.

"The Ledge" -- An atheist says he must leap off a building by noon in a thriller that also examines the life of a woman seeking spiritual
redemption.

"Lost Kisses" -- Residents in a Sicilian community suspect a 13-year-old girl has a miraculous vision.

"Martha Marcy May Marlene" -- A woman who fled a dangerous cult tries to return to a life of normalcy.

"Position Among The Stars" -- The final installment of a documentary trilogy that follows the life of a Christian matriarch living with her
Muslim sons in Jakarta, Indonesia.

"The Redemption of General Butt Naked" -- A former Liberian warlord who's responsible for the murder of thousands seeks salvation and forgiveness as an evangelical preacher in this documentary.

"Red State" -- Kevin Smith, who caused controversy with his scathing comedy "Dogma," tries out horror with this film about dangerous
Christian fundamentalists.

"Salvation Boulevard" -- George Ratliff, director of the documentary "Hell House" about a church-run haunted house, directs this satire of megachurch culture. Starring Pierce Brosnan, Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Connelly, Marisa Tomei and Ed Harris.

"Tyrannosaur" -- Actor Paddy Considine ("In America") makes his directorial debut with this story of a self-destructive man who seeks
redemption with help from a Christian charity worker.