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Courses Spring 2016

Free Film Series:
“Across Cultures: Profiles in Courage and Resilience”

Wednesdays 7:00PM – 9:00PM Seminary Building room 123
Facilitated by Dr. Robert Bersson, Visiting Jewish Scholar at CIE
No registration required. Donations appreciated.

Schedule of Films and Respondents:

Jan 13 Gandhi (Richard Attenborough, 1982, Part 1, 90 min)
Winner of 8 Academy Awards, this riveting feature film follows Gandhi’s trajectory from British-trained lawyer to equal rights activist in South Africa, concluding with his return to India.
Respondent: Carl Stauffer, Assistant Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU

Jan 20 Gandhi, (Richard Attenborough, 1982, Part 2, 100 min)
Part two of this critically acclaimed winner of 8 Academy Awards, centers on Gandhi’s courageous leadership of a non-violent struggle for equality, freedom, and independence in British-ruled India.
Respondent: Carl Stauffer, Assistant Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU

Jan 27 Water (Deepa Mehta, 2005, 117 min)
Set in the time of Gandhi in India, this controversial, award-winning film focuses on the plight and struggle of widowed Hindu women, some just children, who are condemned by a fundamentalist culture to live in penitence.
Respondent: Nancy Klancher, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Religion, Bridgewater College

Feb 3 Mother Teresa: In the Name of God’s Poor (Kevin Connor, 2002, 92 min)
With a stirring performance by Geraldine Chaplin, this powerful, made-for-television docu-drama follows the life of one of the world’s leading crusaders for the poor.
Respondent: Ron Copeland, Executive Director, Our Community Place, Harrisonburg

Feb 10 The Lady: The True Story of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi (Luc Besson, 2011, 128 min)
The story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese woman at the core of Myanmar’s democracy movement, and her British husband and devoted supporter.
Respondent: Jayne Docherty, Program Director and Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU

Feb 17 The Imam and the Pastor (Alan Channer, 2006, 39 min) and An African Answer (Alan Channer, 2010, 38 min)
A Muslim imam and Christian pastor, men who had previously fought against each other, become unlikely partners as peacemakers, first in their native Nigeria and in Kenya following post-election violence.
Respondent: Barry Hart, Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU

Feb 24 Of Gods and Men (Xavier Beauvois, 2010, 123 min)
Set in Algeria in the 1990s during the bloody civil war, eight French Catholic monks struggle with the decision of whether to continue serving their Muslim neighbors or depart under the violent threat of fundamentalist extremists. (The film script was inspired by local author John Kiser’s book “The Monks of Tibhirine.”)
Respondent: Deacon Fred LaSpina, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and James Madison University

Mar 2 No Man’s Land (Danis Tanovic, 2002, 97 min)
Set in the unforgiving trenches of the Bosnian-Serb conflict of the 1990s, the film follows the story of three soldiers caught between two fighting lines.
Respondent: Barry Hart, Professor, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU

Mar 16 Black Robe (Bruce Beresford, 1998, 101 min)
From the director of Driving Miss Daisy, and Tender Mercies, Black Robe tells the story of a young French Jesuit priest’s missionary expedition to convert the native peoples of the Canadian wilderness.
Respondent: Deacon Fred LaSpina, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church and James Madison University

Mar 23 When The Mountains Tremble with “Filmmakers’ Commentary” (Pamela Yates, Thomas Sigel, Peter Kinoy, 1983, 90 min)
Winner of the Sundance Film Festival Special Jury Award, this documentary tells the story of the war between the Guatemalan military and the Mayan population, with firsthand accounts by Nobel Peace Prize winner Rigoberta Menchu.
Respondent: Burton Buller, Independent Filmmaker

Mar 30 King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (Ely Landau, Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1970, Part 1, 90 min)
An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film follows Martin Luther King’s life and decade’s long civil rights activism.
Respondent: Stan Maclin, Founder and President, Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, Harrisonburg

Apr 6 King: A Filmed Record…Montgomery to Memphis (Ely Landau, Sidney Lumet, Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1970, Part 2, 90 min)
An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, this film follows Martin Luther King’s life and decade’s long civil rights activism.
Respondent: Stan Maclin, Founder and President, Harriet Tubman Cultural Center, Harrisonburg

Apr 13 Bidder 70 (Beth Gage, George Gage, 2013, 73 min)
This inspiring documentary tells the story of Utah college student Tim DeChristopher’s acts of civil disobedience while trying to save thousands of acres of Utah wilderness from industrial destruction.
Respondent: Cathy Strickler, Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV)

Apr 20 A Day without a Mexican (Sergio Arau, 2004, 100 min)
Set in 21st century California, this uplifting comedy makes crystal clear how completely essential Mexican citizens and workers are to our everyday American existence.
Respondent: Isabel Castillo, Community Organizer, “Dream Act” Proponent, M.A. Candidate, Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, EMU

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