The Spirit of Lady Moody

A Documentary Short

Lady Deborah Moody had to leave her homeland of England in 1639 for daring to challenge patriarchal authority and fighting for religious freedom.  In New England, Lady Deborah Moody was thrown out of her English community in Salem, Massachusetts for defying the patriarchal authorities of the Church of Salem.  With her bold courage and unwavering determination, Lady Deborah Moody became the first woman in English and Dutch North America to be granted a town patent in 1645…the town was called Gravesend (Brooklyn, New York).  But Lady Deborah Moody achieved something even greater…


DirectorPatricia Bury Salier
WriterPatricia Bury Salier
ProducerEdward Salier
InterviewsProfessor Cara Anzilotti
Professor Lisa Cody
Professor Peter Mancall

Film Festivals

  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival, Award of Excellence
  • Kansas International Film Festival
  • Ogeechee International History Film Festival
  • Oregon Documentary Film Festival
  • Nassau Film Festival, Honorable Mention
  • Toronto International Women Film Festival
  • WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival, Platinum Remi Award