Lane Kneedler’s review published on Letterboxd:
Based on true events, FREE IN DEED tells the story of a young mother who is struggling to raise her special needs son. Turning toward the church, she is hopeful for help but social pressures force every step forward to take two steps back. Writer director Jake Mahaffey has spent almost 10 years working on this follow up from his debut film WELLNESS. Mahaffey’s incredible direction and eye for crafting intimate and unusual compositions bravely immerse the audience in the world of the characters. What results is simply a tremendous movie, illustrating how this village comes together to try and help a child. With stunning and heartbreaking performances from David Harewood and Edwina Dickerson, FREE IN DEED is an astonishing sophomore feature from Mahaffey, and not to be missed.