Religion in the Frame: A six-day exploration of religious ideas, themes, and conflicts as depicted in films. Presented in collaboration with Facets Multimedia.
This six-day series runs from January 28 to February 2, 2018. After each screening, Gretchen Helfrich – a member of both the Facets Board and the Martin Center Advisory Board – will talk with a Divinity School faculty member to explore the religious content of each fllm, deepening the audience's engagement with the material.
All screenings are at Facets, 1517 West Fullerton Avenue in Chicago at 6:30pm. No registration is required. This event is open to the public; a suggested donation of $10 can be offered at the door.
Tuesday, January 30, 6:30pm
Witness (Peter Weir, 1985): with Laurie Zoloth, Dean and Margaret E. Burton Professor
Samuel Lapp, an 8-year-old Amish boy, witnesses a murder in a Philadelphia train station. Against their will, Samuel and his recently widowed mother Rachel (Kelly McGillis) are drawn into the violent, dangerous world of the “English” (the non-Amish). At the same time, police detective John Book (Harrison Ford) is forced into the Amish world, the only place he can be safe from the murderous and corrupt elements in his own police department.
Laurie Zoloth, Dean of the Divinity School at the University of Chicago and past president of the American Academy of Religion, will be on hand for a post-film discussion of the film’s depiction of religious life as an idealized escape from contemporary urban reality.
Directed by Peter Weir, USA, 1985, 112 mins.